Tips for Driving in Winter Conditions

“Tips for driving in winter conditions

It’s that time of year again where the temperatures start to drop and we put our heating on to keep us snug and warm. It’s also the time of year when hundreds of car accidents happen, due to freezing conditions, icy roads and misty conditions. I you are a victim of an accident you should seek help from the experts in handling car accident claims as you may be entitled to compensation.

Driving in the winter can be very hazardous, so it is well worth thinking about ways you can drive safely on the roads and ensure that you and your family get home safely.

First of all, think about care and preparation of your vehicle. Like anything else, your car needs a little bit of TLC during the winter, otherwise you may end up suffering and stranded if you break down.

It’s worth getting your battery checked out. Winter is dark and gloomy, and it puts a strain on your electrical systems, such as your heaters (which let’s face it, we wouldn’t be without in the winter months) as well as your windscreen wipers and lights. Keep your electrical output to a minimum – avoid running anything for too long – turn your heaters down so they are at a comfortable temperature and turn off your rear window heater once the windows have cleared.

If you don’t use your car every day, it is a good idea to turn your car on and run the engine for a few minutes at the weekend. This will prevent seizing and limit the chance of your car not starting! If your car isn’t starting easily, try turning off all non-essential electricals (the radio, lights, windscreen wipers etc) and try to start the engine in short, five-second bursts, rather than constantly revving to try and get the engine to turn over. Leave 30 seconds between attempts to allow the engine to warm up and let the battery recover.”

Mazda Takeri Debut

Mazda Takeri Concept

Mazda Motor Corporation showcased the global premiere of the Mazda TAKERI next-generation midsize sedan concept car at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show. The show also saw the Japanese debut of the new CX-5 crossover SUV outfitted with the complete range of Mazda’s breakthrough SkyActiv technology, as well as other new technologies and production models.

The Mazda TAKERI takes advantage of Mazda’s new design language, “KODO – Soul of Motion,” to bring a new level of strength and allure to sedan styling. The TAKERI features SkyActiv technology, including the efficient and powerful new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine, to deliver dynamic performance and a comfortable ride. The combination of SkyActiv technology and other technology features, such as i-stop, Mazda’s idling stop system, and a new regenerative braking system, enable the Mazda TAKERI to achieve exceptional fuel economy.

The regenerative braking system efficiently converts kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration, stores it in capacitors, and then uses it to power the vehicle’s electric equipment, thereby reducing load on the engine and saving fuel. The regenerative braking system represents Step Two of Mazda’s Building Block Strategy. After renewing existing technologies, such as engines and bodies, Step One of the Building Block Strategy is idling stop technology (i-stop), Step Two is regenerative braking technology, and Step Three is electric drive technology (hybrid, etc.).