FG Barnes urges drivers to get a grip this winter

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By bianca16 | Friday, December 14, 2012, 10:19

With icy blasts, plunging temperatures

and threats of snow, local Vauxhall retailer, FG

Barnes, is urging drivers in Guildford

to get prepared for the cold road ahead with Vauxhall's winter tyres, winter accessories

and Winter Safety Checks.


To ensure drivers maintain a sure footing whatever the weather, the

retailer on Woking Road is keen to remind

drivers of Vauxhall's MasterFit Winter Tyre Programme.


With a range of tyres available to suit customers' vehicles, Vauxhall

MasterFit dealerships will supply and fit tyres for all popular Vauxhall models

so that motorists are ready for the cold snap.


Bala Waran, Operations

Director at FG Barnes, explains:

"In cold conditions, and particularly on snow and ice, drivers run the risk of

skidding, and so we want to remind customers of the importance of winter tyres

in offering improved grip and increased safety.


"In temperatures at or below seven degrees centigrade, the tread

compound on standard summer tyres starts to harden and lose grip. The compound

used in the production of winter tyres however contains more natural rubber, which

means drivers can be assured of better flexibility and grip when taking to the

road. This can reduce braking distances by up to 10 per cent in rain and up to

20 per cent in snow."


Snow socks

And in an effort to ensure drivers in

the area keep moving whatever the weather, FG

Barnes is also offering Auto Sock Snow Socks from just £49.95, which simply

slip over the driving wheels of a vehicle to give extra grip.


Quick and easy to use, they work by creating

friction between the wheels and the road surface and can be used on all makes

and models of vehicle.


What's more, being light and compact, they are

ideal for storing in the car for when snowy and icy road conditions strike and offer a less

bulky alternative to snow chains.


Bala Waran continues: "It's often difficult to avoid driving

on snow and ice during the winter months and so we're keen to ensure that drivers

in the area are not only fully prepared, but able to get out of slippery situations when adverse conditions take hold.


"Whether it's getting home from work or getting the kids to school this

winter, Auto Sock Snow Socks provide extra grip that could make all the



In addition, FG Barnes is also

offering a range of convenient products by Autoglym, to help ensure drivers

keep a clear view behind the wheel.


With Autoglym De-Icer and Concentrated Screenwash, both available from

£3.99*, drivers can be confident that their visibility won't be compromised

when the weather takes a turn for the worst.


Top up with Winter

Safety Checks

Finally, with many families planning trips up and down the country to

visit friends and relatives over the festive season, FG Barnes is encouraging motorists to get set for long journeys by

taking advantage of Vauxhall's thorough 25-point Winter Safety Check, including

fluid top ups, for just £35 RRP.


To give customers complete peace of mind, the dealership's

expertly-trained team of Vauxhall MasterFit technicians will visually check

vehicles for any potential safety issues as well as inspect brakes, tyre

inflation, wiper blades and more. In addition, the safety check includes engine

oil, brake fluid and radiator coolant, topping-up fluids where necessary**.


Plus, to offer even greater value for money, all customers who take

advantage of a Winter Safety Check will get a free Winter Care Pack worth over

£20, which includes De-Icer, Hi-Tech Interior Microfibre Cloth, Ultimate

Screenwash and Ice Scraper.


To book a Winter Safety Check at FG

Barnes, or for full Winter Tyres pricing information and further details

about Vauxhall's range of Winter Accessories, please contact the retailer at Slyfield Industrial Estate, Woking Road, Guildford, Surrey,

GU1 1RT. Alternatively, call 01483 885 885 or go online to www.fg-barnes.co.uk.


 * Available at participating retailers

**Top-up quantity limited to a

maximum of 500ml



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