Cold weather warning issued to motorists

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A Fareham specialist is urging motorists to check their vehicles are ready for the freezing temperatures.

The advice from the manager of Protyre on Russell Place, comes following the Met Office’s forecast for a potential Arctic blast this week.

Marc Ainslie said: ‘December may have been the warmest since records began, but it looks like winter is coming to Fareham.

‘This means it’s crucial for your safety, and the safety of other road users, that you check your vehicle’s battery, lights, fluids, wipers, and most importantly, the tyres.

‘Tyres are the only part of your vehicle in contact with the road surface, so if you’re driving along icy or wet roads then you’ll want to be absolutely certain that the tyres in the best possible condition. That includes ensuring they have sufficient tread.

‘Quite simply, a worn tyre has very little grip and is an accident waiting to happen.

‘Worryingly, just over half of the vehicles me and my team see have at least one tyre already at or below the legal tread limit of 1.6mm.’

If anyone is concerned about the condition of their vehicle, they can call into the centre for a free, no obligation check at their convenience, or book an appointment by calling ahead on 01329 220743.