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Top Tips For Winter Driving

Top Tips For Winter Driving

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With the colder weather set to hit the UK in the next few weeks we’ve gathered some of our top tips for your car this winter!

De-icing Your Car

Before you set off on any journey after a freezing evening or a heavy snowfall you should ensure your car is free of ice, snow and condensation.

If the snow is loose on your car, a simple item to use is a dustpan brush. If the snow is solid and doesn’t come off easily, you would approach it the same way as ice; using a gentle ice-scraper and some de-icer spray.

By law, you must also clear your windows of mist and condensation which can reduce your visibility whilst driving. This can be cleared by keeping a small mircofibre cloth/sponge in your car and wiping down your windows when you first enter your car. Another option is by starting your car off with cooler air rather than switching it straight to heat up.

We do not recommend using hot water to remove ice from your car is this could crack your windscreen. Also, you should not use credit cards or CD cases to act as an ice-scraper and this can scratch your windscreen and remove the protective film on your windows.

Failure to clear all snow, ice and condensation from your car (including the roof and lights) could land with you a £60 fine and 3 points on your license (229 Highway Code).

Emergency Kit In Your Boot

When the severe weather hits it can cause disruption on the roads which in turn, may take you longer to set away from home/work and sometimes even leave you with no choice but to leave your car. In these types of events you should always have an emergency kit in your boot:

• Warm Clothes & Blanket – a pair of wellies and a thick coat/blanket should keep you warm should you get stuck at the side of the road in bad snow and rain.
• Torch - Just in case you get stuck on a dark road or need to take a look under your car bonnet in the dark, a head torch would be best so you have both hands free!
• Extra Fluids – such as coolant, water and windscreen wash so you can top up on the go.
• Sandbag – if you have room in your boot and live/work on high grounds this helps in severe snowfalls, by placing the sandbag in front of your back wheels to stop your car from sliding.
• OS Road Map – keeping a paper map in your car will help during the times your Sat Nav may not pick up on road closures/small country lanes.
• Non-perishable Snacks – if in the unfortunate event you do get stranded and are waiting for roadside assistance during peak times, non-perishable snacks such as nuts, crisps and breakfast oat bars will help keep hunger levels at bay.

Vehicle Checks

If you’re travelling to visit family and friends this winter, it is essential to check your vehicle is prepared for the winter roads. You can do this at home by checking the tyre tread ensuring the tread is above the legal limit and there are no cuts or bulges.

You should check all of the essential fluids are topped up such as oil and windscreen wash; as the roads are more prone to dirt during the winter months with road salt and water you should check your windscreen wash at least once a week. Alternatively, you can book your winter check today at Richard Hardie for only £29.99.

If you would like more Winter Advice, contact your local Richard Hardie Centre today & a member of the team will be more than happy to help! Follow our social profiles to be kept up-to-date with the latest news over on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram pages!

How to get top dollar for your part exchange…

Posted on: 31st Jul 2018

How to get top dollar for your part exchange……What you need to know from the inside. We do want to give you as much money as possible for your car, we honestly do! And Here is why........................ 4 things you need to know to protect your wallet

Car Finance Options Explained…

Car Finance Options Explained…

Posted on: 21st Jun 2018

Finding the right car that’s suitable for you is an exciting experience but deciding how to pay for your new car can be a challenge as there are various options to choose from, some of which not everyone fully understands. Below we will explain the most popular forms of payment options, to help you decide which one is right for you.

MOT Changes 2018

MOT Changes 2018

Posted on: 19th May 2018

As of 20th May 2018, the MOT test has undergone some of the most significant changes of its near 60-year history. Some of the changes include new defect categories, stricter rules for Diesel car emissions and some cars over 40-year-old will be exempt from the MOT test. The main changes which you need to know about are explained below.

Richard Hardie Durham Supporting Local Hospice

Richard Hardie Durham Supporting Local Hospice

Posted on: 19th Jan 2018

Both the Sales and Service team at Richard Hardie Durham have helped to support St Cuthbert’s Hospice, a local charity offering care services to people with life limiting conditions.

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Posted on: 4th Dec 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have confirmed that from today (Monday 4th December), changes to the driving test are now in effect.

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Posted on: 15th Nov 2017

With the cold winter days fast approaching and the dark nights now here, driving can be a daunting experience. Whether you’re driving to work, the shops or travelling to a relative’s home for Christmas ensuring your car is in full working condition is essential. Sometimes though, we forget some of the rules of the road during the colder months;...

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

Posted on: 25th Oct 2017

Arriving to Richard Hardie Peugeot Centres in January 2018, the All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV is set to make heads turn with its sharp robust design. If you can’t wait till January, Richard Hardie Ashington and Durham are holding exclusive preview events in November. See the bottom of this article to book your appointment!

Richard Hardie Staff Race To The Finish Line At The Great North Run 2017

Richard Hardie Staff Race To The Finish Line At The Great North Run 2017

Posted on: 13th Sep 2017

Last weekend (Sunday 10th September) some of our fitness fanatic staff completed the Great North Run, which is the largest half marathon in the UK with over 57,000 runners participating each year! Do you want to find out how our team got on? Read their inspiring stories below…

A Guide To Child Seat Laws

A Guide To Child Seat Laws

Posted on: 28th Aug 2017

Check out our handy guide on the new child seat laws and everything you need to know about choosing the correct seat for your child.

Updated Peugeot 308 Coming To Richard Hardie Centres

Updated Peugeot 308 Coming To Richard Hardie Centres

Posted on: 10th Aug 2017

The Peugeot 308 is a popular family hatchback, perfect for those looking for a practical yet stylish vehicle for everyday adventures! It won the European Car Of the Year back in 2014 and we can see why! Take a look at the changes for the updated model.

All-New Peugeot 3008 SUV- A Big Hit Among Drivers

All-New Peugeot 3008 SUV- A Big Hit Among Drivers

Posted on: 24th Feb 2017

It’s safe to say that the new Peugeot 3008 SUV is already a huge hit with motorists all across the UK. Having only been on the roads a short time it has already scooped up a number of awards. We take you through the titles the new Peugeot 3008 SUV has won and why we think you should buy one!

Valentine’s Day Road Trip Ideas

Valentine’s Day Road Trip Ideas

Posted on: 13th Feb 2017

Looking for something extra special to do this Valentine’s Day? How about a road trip? The UK has some wonderful places, especially around the North East. Here we share with you those places and how to make your Valentine’s Day that little more special.

Richard Hardie Raise over £378 for Save the Children

Richard Hardie Raise over £378 for Save the Children

Posted on: 30th Dec 2016

On Friday 16th December 2016 our Richard Hardie Centres in Ashington, Durham, Newcastle, Silverlink and Sunderland, flaunted their Christmas Jumpers to raise money for Save the Children. We had a great day playing various fundraising games and in all we raised £379.72 between our five Centres in the North East!

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Posted on: 22nd Dec 2016

Here are our top winter driving tips to get you and your car through the next few months.

Taking Your Car Abroad

Taking Your Car Abroad

Posted on: 22nd Aug 2016

Our top tips on how to prepare for your European driving holiday.

Richard Hardie Durham to Complete Demanding Two Day Coast 2 Coast Challenge

Richard Hardie Durham to Complete Demanding Two Day Coast 2 Coast Challenge

Posted on: 14th Aug 2016

Some of the team at our Durham branch are embarking on a gruelling two day challenge later this month to support and raise money for excellent charities close to their hearts. The team are doing the Coast 2 Coast starting at Whitehaven on the 26th August and finishing the challenge at Sunderland on the 28th August 2016.

Chris Moody Celebrates 25 Years at Richard Hardie

Chris Moody Celebrates 25 Years at Richard Hardie

Posted on: 30th Jun 2016

Chris Moody celebrates 25 Years with the company on 1st July 2016. Chris originally started as an YTS apprentice for 2 years at the Chester le Street branch and then became employed on the 1st July 1991. Since then Chris has had many promotions from then and became Group Parts Manager in 2001.

Is Your Car Ready For Summer?

Is Your Car Ready For Summer?

Posted on: 26th Apr 2016

Our cars take a bit of a beating over the cooler months. Follow our tips to ensure your car is ready for long summer drives!

Peugeot Create the Ultimate Mobile Office

Peugeot Create the Ultimate Mobile Office

Posted on: 24th Mar 2016

Peugeot have been showcasing a number of concepts this month at the Geneva Motor Show. One of the vehicles that caught our eye, was the Peugeot Traveller i-Lab. Peugeot have understood the need to be connected to everything, all of the time, and have designed this new concept vehicle around the business customer.

Peugeot 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show

Peugeot 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show

Posted on: 26th Feb 2016

The French manufacturer are set to debut the revised crossover in Switzerland next month with some aesthetic tweaks and a new GT Line trim.

Peugeot’s 493bhp 308 R HYbrid

Peugeot’s 493bhp 308 R HYbrid

Posted on: 27th Oct 2015

Peugeot gave us the chance to see the new 308 R HYbrid at the Shangai & Frankfurt Motor Shows and confirmed that the car will most certainly enter production.

Peugeot Facelifts The 208

Posted on: 21st Sep 2015

Peugeot has found new ways to personalise the 208 with a brand new facelift!

Peugeot Re-Energize The 208

Peugeot Re-Energize The 208

Posted on: 21st Sep 2015

Peugeot's popular 208 has been re-energised and it now sports a new 'macho' style, with an optional textured paint and new two tone headlights...

Peugeot awarded Fleet World honours

Peugeot awarded Fleet World honours

Posted on: 20th Sep 2015

Peugeot is certainly on a roll. Having recently won the much coveted 2014 European Car of the Year title in March, the New 308 has now been awarded the key accolade at the 2014 Fleet World Honours of ‘Best New Car’, which recognises the appeal of cars in the important Fleet and Business Market.

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It's Here - The New Peugeot 108

Posted on: 20th Sep 2015

Peugeot’s stylish new compact city car is in our showrooms! Introducing the New 108 and 108 TOP! Cabrio. Chic, full of character and with a multitude of options, the hardest part is choosing!

Peugeot 308 stars in the new film ‘Lucy’

Peugeot 308 stars in the new film ‘Lucy’

Posted on: 20th Sep 2015

Starring in its first big screen role, the New Peugeot 308, Car of the Year 2014 appears alongside leading actors Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in ‘Lucy’, Luc Besson's latest film, which has just opened in UK cinemas.

The Electrifying Peugeot Fractal Concept Car

The Electrifying Peugeot Fractal Concept Car

Posted on: 13th Sep 2015

The Fractal may look like something out of Sci-fi but this concept will be showcasing Peugeot’s plans to develop new electrical vehicles in the near future.

Success At Home for Team Peugeot Hansen

Success At Home for Team Peugeot Hansen

Posted on: 9th Sep 2015

Team Peugeot Hansen brought home a dominating victory in France’s stage of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship at Lohéac.

Peugeot 308: The Perfect Fleet Vehicle

Posted on: 1st Sep 2015

On the hunt for an ideal fleet vehicle? If so, then look no further than the Peugeot 308, the ultimate fleet car which ticks all the boxes…

Infographic: 30 years of Peugeot GTI

Posted on: 5th Aug 2015

To celebrate Peugeot’s 30th Anniversary of the GTi badge we have created an infographic to highlight the iconic events throughout its history. Take a look!

Peugeot Launches New Partner Tepee

Peugeot Launches New Partner Tepee

Posted on: 25th Jun 2015

Anyone searching for a practical and economical MPV might want to take a look at the new Peugeot Partner Tepee.

Peugeot 308 GTi Offers A Wild Ride

Posted on: 21st Jun 2015

Get yourself down to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and prepare to be blown away by Peugeot’s new 270bhp 308 GTi.

Peugeot 408 GT Has VW Quaking

Posted on: 15th Jun 2015

German car website Auto Bild is stating that production of a new Peugeot 408 GT will begin in Europe next year.

The 308 Head 2 Head Challenge

Posted on: 11th May 2015

There’s no surprise why the Peugeot 308 is an award winning car and to prove it, we’re putting it to the test...

Peugeot 208 Achieves 141mpg

Posted on: 10th May 2015

Got some long journeys planned? You could do worse than jump into a Peugeot 208 diesel.

The PEUGEOT 2008 DKR testing in France

The PEUGEOT 2008 DKR testing in France

Posted on: 23rd Sep 2014

As the countdown to the 2015 Dakar Rally begins to accelerate, the Peugeot-Total squad is continuing to develop the fearsome PEUGEOT 2008 DKR.

Meet The Manufacturer Event

Meet The Manufacturer Event

Posted on: 23rd Sep 2014

We had a great response to our VIP Meet The Manufacturer Event on Wednesday and Thursday, the showroom looked great and we had a lot of happy customers by the end of the day!

The New Peugeot 508 - A mark of character

The New Peugeot 508 - A mark of character

Posted on: 22nd Sep 2014

Smart and sophisticated, the Peugeot 508 has been significantly updated to keep it at the cutting edge of the executive car segment. Featuring major changes in exterior and interior styling, the latest state-of-the-art technology – plus new cleaner engines – this stunning ‘grand tourer’ embodies Peugeot's commitment to excellence.

Peugeot Quartz Concept: An SUV for the future

Peugeot Quartz Concept: An SUV for the future

Posted on: 22nd Sep 2014

The Peugeot QUARTZ Concept - a new vision for the Crossover unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. This next generation SUV blends dazzling design with innovative materials and a powerful HYbrid drivetrain to create the ultimate premium family car experience.

Peugeot introduce more efficient engines

Peugeot introduce more efficient engines

Posted on: 22nd Sep 2014

Peugeot is rising to the challenge of defining ever-greener motoring by unveiling new Euro 6-compliant versions of its most popular models.

The 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator

The 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator

Posted on: 15th Sep 2014

Continuing its commitment to lowering fuel consumption and emissions, Peugeot is showcasing its 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator at October's Paris Motor Show. The 2L stands for two litres per 100km, equivalent to 141mpg, and is based on a production version of the Peugeot 208 1.2-litre PureTech 82hp 5-seater Hatchback.

Peugeot Backs British Rally Star

Peugeot Backs British Rally Star's Dream

Posted on: 1st Sep 2014

To step into any brand new car for the first time is always slightly daunting: when it’s a full-blown Peugeot rally car and you’re driving on rally stages you’ve never seen before, it’s triply so. But last weekend Peugeot UK’s 20-year old rising star Chris Ingram rose manfully to the challenge at Barum Czech Rally Zlín in the Czech Repub...

Brand new look for Sunderland

Brand new look for Sunderland

Posted on: 11th Aug 2014

Our dealership in Sunderland has completed an impressive external makeover, revealing a remarkable new look at its showroom on Trafford Road.

Rare Peugeots gather in the UK

Rare Peugeots gather in the UK

Posted on: 21st Jul 2014

One of the rarest collections of Peugeots ever assembled in the UK proved that ‘Motion and Emotion’ doesn’t just apply to the latest models.

The most radical GTi from Peugeot Sport

The most radical GTi from Peugeot Sport

Posted on: 30th Jun 2014

Peugeot has unveiled the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Limited Edition at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. As Peugeot celebrates 30 years since the iconic 205 GTi, it is now the turn for the 208 GTi to benefit from the expertise and racing pedigree of the engineers at Peugeot Sport.

Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary at Goodwood

Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary at Goodwood

Posted on: 17th Jun 2014

Peugeot is celebrating 30 years of the GTi in 2014 and at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (27th–29th June) in the Supercar & First Glimpse class, a specially-enhanced 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Limited Edition makes its world debut on display with dynamic demonstrations.

RCZ takes DieselCar magazine

RCZ takes DieselCar magazine 'Sports Car' crown

Posted on: 20th May 2014

The Peugeot RCZ, uniquely distinguished by its double-bubble roofline, has been awarded the DieselCar magazine Sports Car of the Year Award 2014 – a title it has won for the past five years.

The New Peugeot 108 is now available to order

The New Peugeot 108 is now available to order

Posted on: 5th May 2014

Peugeot’s stylish new compact city car is here! Introducing the New 108 and 108 TOP! Cabrio 3-door. Chic, full of character and with a multitude of options, the hardest part is choosing!

The Peugeot 208 T16 Claims Maiden Rally Victory

The Peugeot 208 T16 Claims Maiden Rally Victory

Posted on: 27th Apr 2014

The keenly-awaited international debut of the new 208 T16 was rewarded with the first victory of its career! The Peugeot Rally Academy’s Craig Breen took the win ...