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Nissan dealers offer free car check for winter

Nissan dealers are offering a car check for customers for the winter season for free! Nissan dealers offer a 15-point check which includes inspection of brake fluid, brake pads, exhaust system and even tire tread depth. In case of a winter tire change, dealers also made sure they have lots of stock, with a set of four available at £199.64, including wheel service and VAT. To benefit from the offer, a Nissan car owner just needs to contact a dealer and book an appointment.

Nissan’s tips for winter driving: Don’t just rely on the radio for announcements about accidents, road closures, and road advisories. Use modern methods such as Twitter to hear the latest updates. Many councils and the Highways Agency have ‘Twitter Gritter’ feeds to tell followers the latest information on road conditions. Top up the washer fluid bottle while it is warmer, but make sure you use a higher concentration of fluid to water than usual, to prevent freezing. Then give the washers a good squirt so the stronger fluid can reach the pipes and nozzle. Everyone knows the advice to take a survival pack if you think there’s a risk you may become stranded. Warm clothing, a phone (with charger) and plenty of fuel are the obvious items. It’s sensible to keep some long-life food in the car too, but don’t take anything you’ll enjoy eating – the chances are you’ll scoff it before a real emergency! And if it’s in a can, don’t forget the opener. It’s obvious that you should gauge your speed carefully in snow and ice – but don’t drive too slowly or you’ll lose your momentum, especially up hills. Black ice is invisible, and can be deadly. When the temperature dips, be especially wary of roads alongside misty, open fields. If you see an accident, car-shaped hole in a hedge or fresh crumpled car debris up ahead in the road, slow to a crawling pace – it could have been caused by slippery roads. If you have a vehicle with four-wheel drive, don't get overconfident and rely on its abilities to get you out of a problem. The traction and force created by all four wheels driving instead of two helps you get going, but does not help you stop any faster. Running the engine on your driveway to demist the windows is sometimes essential – as long as you don’t leave it unattended. But while you are not moving, turn off all unnecessary drains on the electrical system so the fans and heating elements can work more efficiently. If you’re driving a Nissan LEAF electric car this winter, you can be the envy of all your neighbours. Remember to set your climate control timer via your iPhone or computer before you go to bed and you’ll wake up to a car which is warm and defrosted!

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