HALFORDS AUTOCENTRES LAUNCHES ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE TO HELP MOTORISTS FIGHT BACK AGAINST WINTER

Halfords Autocentres has created the ultimate guide to safer winter motoring to help drivers survive the seasonal dangers that face them when behind the wheel.

With temperatures beginning to fall, the free Winter Survival Guide brings together advice from the SAS, vehicle handling experts MIRA, RED Driving School, Team Dynamics Racing and the St John Ambulance in one authoritative handbook packed with hints and tips.

Halfords Autocentres’ Stefan Warhaftig said: “We have worked with renowned experts in their field - including former SAS Sergeant Major John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman and three-time British Touring Car Champion Matt Neal - to share their knowledge and experience with other drivers in a format that is easy to digest.

“Almost half of motorists (48%) are anxious or frightened about driving in poor weather conditions - up slightly from last year (44%) despite the relatively mild temperatures, so we hope our Winter Survival Guide will give motorists the confidence to handle almost any situation they encounter this winter.”

Halfords Autocentres’ annual winter motoring study also found that over half (56%) of drivers have experienced a skid in winter – over half of which caused them to leave the road or collide with another car or other stationary object – and 8 out of 10 drivers (88%) don’t know when the water on flooded roads is too deep to drive through.

The Winter Survival Guide is free to download and contains 16 chapters tackling scenarios covering: planning & preparation, rain, ice and snow conditions as well as general advice on subjects such as first aid. There is also a series of accompanying films covering key chapters.

SAS survival instructor Lofty Wiseman added: “There are two things I can’t teach - common sense and experience.  Common sense is taking advice and listening to the experts.  Experience is what you get when you don’t!

“I hope anyone planning to drive during the winter follows the advice contained in this guide and enjoys many more miles of safe motoring.”

The Winter Survival Guide is free to download and provides an invaluable glovebox companion. It contains illustrations that help bring the content to life as well as a few more light-hearted entries that entertain as well as inform.

To download a free copy of the Winter Survival Guide or read the advice in full visit http://www.halfordsautocentres.com/advice/news/winter-survival-guide. To watch the films in Halfords Autocentre Survival Series visit

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuqHRH0o_7PiNurjLIEvKmKQwkGuG88ng

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Vicky Coyle or Josh Roberts, Grayling, T: 0121 265 7070, E: vicky.coyle@grayling.com / josh.roberts@grayling.com

Notes to editors

About John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman - John “Lofty” Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service and was their Chief Survival Instructor. He saw active service worldwide, in every theatre of operations and became Sergeant Major, B Squadron (Sabre Sqn) 22 SAS - setting up the Counter Hi-Jack team and training the first members of the US Green Berets to return to the USA to form the famous Delta Force (US Special Forces). Lofty also ran the famed SAS Selection Course, deciding who was fit to join the Regiment.

Winter Survival Guide Contents 1) Planning & Preparation, 2) First-time Drivers, 3) Designated Drivers, 4) Equipment, 5) How to Prevent Aquaplaning, 6) How to Ford Deep Water, 7) How to Escape from a Sinking Car, 8) How to Drive in Wintery Conditions, 9) How to Avoid a Skid, 10) How to Avoid Slips When Walking, 11) How to Get Out of Deep Snow, 12) How to Treat Hypothermia, 13) How to Attract Attention & Raise the Alarm, 14) How to Give First Aid Following a Collision, 15) How to Sleep in Your Car, 16) How to Pack for Christmas.

The techniques described in the survival guide are intended to provide motorists with helpful, concise safety advice for use in circumstances that are more likely to occur during the winter. They are not a substitute for professional training and should be applied with caution. Accordingly Halfords Autocentres cannot accept any responsibility for the use or misuse of any techniques described any resulting loss, injury, or damage that arises as a result.

About Halfords Autocentres Halfords Autocentres is a leading independent garage network with a heritage spanning more than three decades.

Highly trained technicians at over 300 Halfords Autocentres carry out over 1 million jobs a year - including MOTs, car servicing and repairs as well as tyre sales and fitting - for over 850,000 customers a year, with more than 9 out of 10 of them being happy to recommend us to their friends.

Being independent means that we deliver dealership quality work at more affordable prices for any make or model of car. We offer a price match guarantee and a minimum guarantee of 12 months or 12,000 miles on work carried out (See website for terms and conditions).

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Halfords is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, cycling and leisure products and, through Halfords Autocentres, also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operators. Halfords customers shop at 465 stores in the UK and ROI and at halfords.com for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from around 300 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices. The Halfords group strategy is based on three pillars: · Supporting Drivers Of Every Car · Inspiring Cyclists Of Every Age · Equipping Families For Their Leisure Time The Getting Into Gear strategy for the Retail business is based on executing in five key areas in order to deliver a significantly-enhanced customer experience: · Service Revolution · The H Factor · Stores Fit to Shop · 21st Century Infrastructure · Click with the Digital Future Halfords employs approximately 12,000 colleagues and sells around 9,000 product lines in store, increasing to around 160,000 Retail products online. The Retail offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycling products, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes and camping equipment. Halfords’ own cycling brands include Apollo, Carrera and Boardman cycles, augmented by a range of other brands of cycles and accessories, including Kona, Mongoose, Raleigh and Pinarello. In Auto, the Halfords Essentials and Halfords Enhanced ranges are sold alongside brands such as Generic Electric, Bosch, Garmin and TomTom. The Retail Auto offering was recently augmented by the introduction of Car Parts Direct, a service delivering rapid customer access to around 130,000 car parts. In Travel Solutions, Halfords sells a premium range of camping equipment including brands such as Vango and Outwell. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a service for cycles.

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Almost half of motorists (48%) are anxious or frightened about driving in poor weather conditions.
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Over half (56%) of drivers have experienced a skid in winter – over half of which caused them to leave the road or collide with another car or other stationary object.
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8 out of 10 drivers (88%) don’t know when the water on flooded roads is too deep to drive through.
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We have worked with renowned experts in their field - including former SAS Sergeant Major John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman and three-time British Touring Car Champion Matt Neal - to share their knowledge and experience with other drivers in a format that is easy to digest.
Stefan Warhaftig from Halfords Autocentres
I hope anyone planning to drive during the winter follows the advice contained in this guide and enjoys many more miles of safe motoring.
SAS survival instructor Lofty Wiseman