Of course you could get out on your driveway in the rain and check it all yourself – or you could simply pop it in to your local Volkswagen Retailer where a trained technician will give it a thorough Winter Check for just £25*. Not only does that £25 buy you peace of mind that your car is ready for those chilly mornings and icy roads, it also includes a Winter Car Care Kit worth £20.
The Winter Check begins with an Express Visual Health Check to highlight any obvious or potential problems. It then includes an oil and washer fluid check and free top up, battery and alternator check, as well as free fitting of any bulbs or wiper blades required when purchased at the Retailer.
Once any required work is complete, you’ll then drive away with a complimentary Volkswagen Winter Car Care Kit with screenwash, de-icer, cockpit care, ice scraper and cleaning cloth, as well as a £20 voucher towards your next battery, fitted before 31 March 2014.
The Winter Check is available at participating* Volkswagen Retailers until 31 March 2014. And even if you decide not to give your car a Winter Check, Volkswagen has plenty of handy hints and tips on keeping your car in top condition over the season, including a video which can be found herewww.volkswagen.co.uk/owners/winter-check/winter-driving-tips.
Volkswagen has also launched its cold weather wheel and tyre programme which offers a wide range of wheels for driving in colder conditions. It doesn’t need to be snowing for them to be effective: cold weather tyres are designed to work when the temperature drops to seven degrees centigrade and below. The tread design and compound formulation are better than those on standard fit tyres at these temperatures, so they improve grip, traction, handling and braking. The Met office states that average temperatures between October and March are generally below seven degrees, so it makes sense to fit cold weather tyres.
Also handy to have in the car are Snow Socks, a cheap but effective traction solution which fit around tyres and improve grip. They are only for use on snow and icy roads and should be removed before driving onto treated/cleared roads to avoid premature wear.
For more sustained driving in snow, snow chains, also available from Volkswagen Retailers, are ideal – and are in fact a legal requirement in certain countries during the winter season. It is a good idea to practice fitting them before having to apply them in poor weather conditions, and your local Volkswagen Retailer will be able to assist you with this.
For more tips or details on all winter accessories, please visit www.volkswagen.co.uk or your nearest Volkswagen Retailer.