Brayleys Winter Driving Tips

Keeping you safe and on the move this winter

At Brayleys, we want to help keep you safe on the road this winter.


Find out how best to prepare your car for the tough weather with our Winter Driving Tips. The friendly team at your local Brayleys dealership are on hand to take care of all your winter car maintenance requirements.

Our top tips to prepare your car for winter

  • For maximum reliability, get your car checked over to make sure all the vital components are in top condition. A Brayleys Winter Health Check is a fast and easy way to ensure optimal performance and safety.


  • Engage your car’s Electronic Stability Program (ESP), also known as ESC, VDC, VSA or DSC. You can find how to do this in your car’s manual. We’re always pleased to help should you require. Get in touch here.


  • Check your battery's condition. Use a car battery tester to make sure your battery won’t let you down when you need it. A battery check is a standard Winter Health Check item that we verify.



  • Check your car’s coolant reservoir. If it’s below the minimum mark, top up with a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze. Get in touch and we’ll be pleased to do it for you.


  • The legal minimum tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, but twice that would be much safer in winter weather conditions. Checking your tyres is a really important part of regular car maintenance, and so we’re always happy to do that for you.


Our top tips when you’re out and about this winter

1. If the weather is very bad, do everything you can to delay your journey.

2. Always carry these items in your car: warning triangle, jump leads, mobile phone, tow rope, shovel, first aid kit, water, snacks and suitable clothing (hi-vis jacket, coat, gloves and boots).

3. Use the air-con, a scraper and de-icer spray to clear your windscreen. Never use boiling water, as this can crack the glass.

4. Make sure you always have more than enough fuel for your journey. Your engine, along with the lights, wipers and heater, will mean your car will use more fuel in colder temperatures.

5. Depress the clutch when starting a cold engine. This disconnects the engine from the gearbox, so there's less drag.

6. If you feel your car aquaplaning, ease off the accelerator until you feel the tyres grip the road again. Avoid braking.

7. Check your headlights are on in poor visibility. Be aware that automatic light sensors may not work in some weather conditions such as fog.

8. When the road surface is very slippery, take it easy with the accelerator and brakes. Think ahead, so you can accelerate gradually, turn slowly and gently, and brake gradually.

9. Stopping distances can be up to 10 times longer in snow and ice, so leave extra space between your car and the vehicle in front.

10. If your car has a manual gearbox, set off in second gear to avoid wheel spin on icy roads. Change down to go down hills to minimise braking.

11. Switch off the lights, wipers, radio and heater before turning your engine off to allow extra charge to run into the battery.


We offer specialist servicing for Mazda, Honda, Renault, Kia, Dacia and Mitsubishi. Our friendly servicing team is always happy to help with any questions you may have about looking after your car.


Check out our range of Kia accessories, Honda accessories, Mazda accessories, Renault accessories and Dacia accessories. All our manufacturers offer accessories that can help keep you safer on the roads this winter.

Stay safe this winter with winter driving tips from Brayleys

To find out more about how Brayleys can help you get through winter, please call or send us an enquiry