This winter we’ve got offers and advice to help you prepare for the cold weather.
This year, we’re helping you prepare for the unpredictable winter weather with our Winter Safety Check for just £25.
When you stop by for a Winter Safety Check, our Vauxhall-trained technicians will inspect key components of your car and ensure you have complete peace of mind this winter.
We’ll inspect your brakes, tyres, steering and much more, as well as checking your engine oil, brake fluid and radiator coolant, topping up where necessary*.
Plus, get a Winter Survival Pack worth over £20 RRP, to take away for free.
Your free Winter Survival Pack includes:
*Top-up quantity limited to a maximum of half a litre. We’ll advise you if you need to add more and, with your consent, charge you accordingly. The RRP of the safety check and top-ups is £25. At participating Retailers only and subject to availability. Retail sales only. Offer ends 28 February 2015.
AutoSock snow socks are a great, easy to use alternative to snow chains and winter tyres. Just slip the textile ‘socks’ over your wheels to give you some grip in wet snow or icy conditions.
Your snow socks are re-usable and they pack away neatly to take up minimal space in the car.
Use your snow socks to avoid getting stuck on slippery roads. Follow these tips and your snow socks can last for several winters:
Getting our MasterFit technicians to carry out a Winter Safety Check for you is a valuable way to prepare your vehicle for the winter months ahead. But there are other things you can do to stay safe when driving in severe weather and make your winter journeys less stressful.
Taking preventative steps is also a vital way to reduce additional winter costs. Guaranteeing your cooling system, battery and windscreen wipers are in good condition with a minor service can outweigh the problems driving in severe weather can cause. For example, ensuring your car is in tip-top condition can save you more money than calling out a tow truck in the middle of the night.
Leave at least twice the normal distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front, as braking distances are greatly increased in wintry conditions. Avoid sudden or abrupt manoeuvres – brake and accelerate slowly and carefully. When driving up steep gradients drive in a high gear and vice versa for low gradients: practise slowing down and stopping by using your gears instead of the brakes of your car.
When driving over ice, if you feel your car is sliding or skidding, depress the pedals and do not brake as this will cause your wheels to lock. Steer gently into the direction you are skidding or sliding and allow the car to come to a gentle stop.
Ampera offers an EV range of between 25-50 miles with a fully charged battery, which varies depending on outside temperature, driving conditions & terrain, and driving technique. Here are a few reminders on tips to help you maximise your EV range as the temperature dips.
Reduce energy used to heat the cabin - Switch your climate mode setting from Comfort to Eco
Pre-condition the vehicle - While plugged in, utilise the remote start feature on Ampera to heat the cabin and the battery prior to driving
Check your tyre pressure - As the outside temperature drops, the air pressure in your tyres drops as well. Be sure to check your tyre pressure and add more air if needed to maintain the recommended tyre pressure
High / Maximum Impact on EV Range:
Please be aware: when starting your Ampera in these colder months, your petrol engine may engage regardless of charge of the battery.A message will pop up on your display to indicate the petrol engine has been started due to cold temperatures and will run for a short period of time until sufficient heat is generated, at which point the Ampera will revert to battery operation.
If you have any questions on the above please call your dedicated MyAmpera Agent on 0800 026 0275
Find out how best to demist or defrost your car windscreen and windows if your vehicle does not have an 'auto-clear' ventilation function.
Antifreeze is one of those things a lot of people overlook during the winter months. It’s relatively cheap and if you don't use it you risk doing some serious damage to your vehicle which can be very expensive to repair. Always check that you are using the right type of antifreeze as there are different sorts.
You never know when you might need some essentials. It’s easy to grab a few crucial items together and store them in your car, just in case the worst happens.
Your emergency kit should include:
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^£28,750 on-the-road cost for Ampera includes £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant.