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LandRover Advice on How to Survive the Freeze

Fri, 06 Feb 2009
Land Rover has reissued its advice to motorists on how to cope with the winter driving conditions following heavy snowfall in most parts of the UK and warnings of more to come. Even so, Land Rover owners can count on the all-round capabilities of their vehicles to help them reach their destinations.

Land Rover has 60 years of driving experience, with a line-up of supremely capable vehicles which boast permanent four-wheel drive and pioneering technology such as Electronic Traction Control, Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Terrain Response – which includes a snow setting utilising the vehicles' traction aids. These all help ensure that Land Rover owners have total peace of mind when travelling in wet or icy conditions.

In addition, Land Rover customers can now take advantage of a free winter health check at their nearest Land Rover dealership until the end of February.

John Edwards, Land Rover UK managing director commented: "Poor driving conditions should be taken very seriously; so we are offering free winter health checks for all Land Rover customers. The dealership staff will ensure that wheels and tyres, lights, electrics, fluids and brakes are checked and screen wash topped up to the correct level. A welcome reassurance when conditions become treacherous."

However, not all drivers have the benefit of driving a Land Rover, so here are some general winter driving tips which may help should it be essential to drive in wintry conditions:

1. Use the highest practical gear, unless descending a hill – this limits the amount of torque and will help to prevent wheelspin.

2. Using first gear provides the maximum control when descending hills.

3. Clear ice and snow from all windows and lights – even the bonnet and roof – before driving.

4. Use all controls (steering, brakes, throttle etc) gently to help prevent loss of traction and control.

5. Leave extra distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you – it takes longer to stop in adverse conditions.

6. Ensure you have enough fuel to complete your journey because supplies to fuel stations may have been disrupted.

7. If planning a long journey or venturing off-road, ensure you have plenty of warm clothing, food and water in case of emergency.

8. Before setting out on a journey in bad conditions, make the following checks:

Wipers and windscreen washer fluid
Hazard lights
Oil level
Tyres and tyre pressure

For further helpful tips log onto or, if you prefer, drop into your local Land Rover Experience Centre. To see more information on the latest promotions across the Land Rover range, or to arrange a test drive log onto:


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