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Weather the North Pole winds with advice from LV= Britannia Rescue

Press release: 08/01/2016

  • Cold blast of icy temperatures and snow from the North Pole forecast next week
  • LV= Britannia Rescue warns motorists to be vigilant and check vehicles ahead of any journeys

With snow and icy conditions set to hit the UK next week, award winning breakdown provider LV= Britannia Rescue is offering maintenance advice to motorists to help avoid any breakdowns ahead of the predicted North Pole blast.

With fog, ice and snow predicted next week, the likelihood of breaking down or having an accident is significantly increased. By preparing in advance with our handy tips and advice, and paying extra care and attention for possible risks, motorists will hopefully avoid any accidents

Selwyn Fernandes, Managing Director of LV= Britannia Rescue

Car maintenance

  • Give your car a general once-over before travelling – make sure that windscreens, lights and mirrors are clean and that brakes and door locks are in good working order
  • Check the tyres – the tyre pressure and treads, and check the whole tyre for any splits (don’t forget to check the spare tyre for these things too)
  • If your car struggles to start, use the ignition in short five second bursts, leaving thirty seconds between attempts for the battery to recover
  • Check your insurance beforehand to make sure that you, any other drivers, your car and your belongings are adequately covered
  • Keep some de-icer in your home or garage. Your car doors may freeze up from the cold weather so having de-icer in the car won’t be helpful if you can’t get into it
  • Antifreeze can help prevent your engine from freezing up but check your car’s handbook for advice before using this in your coolant system

Inside the car

  • Plan your journey – and have a printout of your route (sat navs and phones can break)
  • Depending on your destination and weather conditions, make sure you have plenty of screen wash (and the right strength so it doesn’t freeze in the bottle), a torch, a high vis jacket and a warning triangle
  • Make sure that your emergency contact details, insurance and road rescue information are handy in the car in case of an emergency
  • Keep blankets and food/water in the car in case of an emergency that means you have to stay in your car
  • Keep a first aid kit in the boot and make sure it’s fully stocked ahead of any journeys
  • Make sure you have a fully charged phone in case of an emergency (possibly bring a car charger too)

  • For further information please contact:

    Nina O'Donohoe, nina.o', 020 8256 6982 / 07776 316316


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When we started in 1843 our goal was to give financial security to more than just a privileged few and for many decades we were most commonly associated with providing a method of saving to people of modest means. Today we follow a similar purpose, helping people to protect and provide for the things they love, although on a much larger scale and through a wide range of financial services including insurance, investment and retirement products.

We offer our services direct to consumers, as well as through IFAs and brokers, and through strategic partnerships with organisations such as ASDA, Nationwide Building Society and a range of trade unions.

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