With experts forecasting the worst winter in recent years, hazardous driving conditions are inevitable, but at Land Rover, help is on hand with the capable and excellent value 2005 Freelander.
Pioneering technologies such as Hill Descent Control and Electronic Traction Control offer welcome reassurance when conditions turn treacherous, and to further entice drivers behind the wheel of the UK's best-selling 4x4 this winter, Land Rover dealerships are offering up to £1,000 off the cost of the Freelander, and ownership from as little as £249 a month (following a £2,499 deposit).
With every new Freelander, customers will also receive a free voucher for half a day's off-road winter driving tuition at one of the company's eight Land Rover Experience Centres in the UK.
Phil Popham, Land Rover UK managing director, commented: "Not everybody has the advantage of four-wheel drive, but no matter what vehicle you’re driving, poor conditions need to be taken very seriously. Drivers still need to get from A to B in winter, and we hope that our driving tips will help them to do just that, in safety."
Ten tips from Land Rover to help enjoy safe winter motoring:
1. Use the highest practical gear - this limits the amount of torque and will help to prevent wheel spin
2. Use HDC (Hill Descent Control) and first gear to provide the maximum control down hills
3. Clear ice and snow from all windows and lights – even the bonnet and roof – before driving
4. Use all controls (steering, brakes, throttle etc) gently to try and prevent upsetting the vehicle and causing loss of control
5. Leave extra distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front – it takes longer to stop in adverse conditions
6. If your vehicle skids on an icy road, take your foot off the brake, step on the clutch or change to neutral and steer into the direction of the skid
7. Before setting out on a journey in bad conditions, check the following:
- Wipers and windscreen washer fluid
- Hazard lights
- Oil level
8. Ensure you have enough fuel - petrol stations may be shut
9. If planning a long journey or venturing off-road, ensure you have a blanket, food and water in case of emergency
10. Go slow - drive according to the conditions and be extra vigilantPublished 3 December 2004