Met Office predicts snow for parts of the UK next week.

With the Met Office announcing that the UK will experience low temperatures towards the end of this week, we can expect that this will bring frost and ice to our roads.

The organisation said it is still too early to assess the snow risk, but confirmed a cold snap is on the way.

It comes after risk meteorologist Jim Dale from British Weather Services told the Huffington Post last week that he thinks Britain is in for more “impressively cold temperatures” this winter, a forecast that was echoed by Weatherweb.net.

How many of you are prepared for the cold months and dangerous weather? Follow these tips to make sure you are ready for winter.

Tyres: Ensure your tyres are inflated correctly and that you have a minimum of 3mm of tread on your tyres to cope with wet and slippery conditions.

Battery: In winter, the battery will run down quicker than in warmer weather. Make sure you do a regular long journey to top it up or trickle-charge the battery.

Engine: Modern engines are more robust than older ones. All the same, depress the clutch when starting as this will reduce drag on the engine when starting, and preserve the battery.

Screenwash: Keep this topped up and use a proper additive at the right concentration to prevent it freezing.

Fuel: Keep your tank topped up – that way if you are caught out, you’ll have enough fuel to make it home or run the engine to keep warm. However, it’s essential to keep snow from blocking the exhaust as noxious fumes can leak into the vehicle.

Windows: Clear all snow and ice from the windscreen before driving. Do not use water to de-ice windscreens. Hot water can crack the glass, and the water will only freeze again on the screen or on the ground where you are standing.

Locks: A squirt of WD-40 will prevent your door locks freezing up.

Warm clothing: Your car may be as warm as toast on the inside but if you have to step outside, you could be in trouble if you have not got any warm clothing with you.

It is perhaps too early to expect the snow of 2010, but when it comes to cars and bad weather conditions it is much better to be safe than sorry.

Andrew Kirkley

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  • 22nd October 2012

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