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Winter Driving Tips

Make sure you drive safe this winter. If the roads are icy or covered in snow try to find another way to get to your destination to avoid accidents. If this isn't an option use the following tips to stay safe this winter. 
Drive Slowly - Most accidents in bad weather are caused by people driving too fast. Allow time for your journey and take your time getting there.  
Plan your travel - It's always a good idea to check your journey before leaving so you can avoid dangerous areas and traffic
Look ahead - This may sound obvious but this is the easiest way to stay in control
Control your speed - In dry conditions the two-second rule to the car in front applies but in icy weather this should be up to 10 times greater.
Drive smoothly - If you apply too much power or brake too quickly this can upset the balance of the car and lead to an unsafe situation. 
Don't take your feet off the pedals - This will allow you to always be prepared for sudden braking in the icy weather.
Don't ignore road signs - Don't just copy the car in front of you, road signs and markings can give you important information about the road surface, how steep the road is, what the limit is and what is coming ahead.
Don't ignore faults - Make sure that your windscreen hasn't got any cracks and that none of your faulty lights on the dashboard are on. If your car isn't performing properly it could cause a breakdown or accident. 
Check your tyres - This should be essential for every journey but it's even more important in bad weather. Tyres that are worn take longer to stop. 
Dress for the climate - Even though modern cars come with climate control, heated seats etc. always make sure you're dressed for the weather encase your break down. 
If you skid, STOP accelerating -  You'd think this would be natural but in reality, you are so preoccupied with trying to control your car it's easy to keep accelerating which will only make things worse.
Steer into the slide - To avoid sliding around and being unsure of how to stop, steer into the slide and keep steering until you feel your car straighten up again.
Use a high gear - If you have ever tried to drive in snow you'll know what it's like to have your wheels spin as you set off. Choose a higher gear. Set off in second gear if you can and move up gears quickly to give you more control. 

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What our Customers are saying

I would recommend to a friend that they go and see Louis Roche at Ancaster Nissan Penge. He was absolutely fantastic - professional, friendly, and extremely helpful. This place is fantastic and we'll definitely head back to see Louis for our next car.

Mrs S | 20th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Penge

'We've been coming here for 20-30 years now. We're very happy with them and the service they provide. The manager, Andrew, runs the place very well,'

Miss Bernadette Marjoram | 19th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

'I had a pleasant experience, the sales manager and the salesperson that took us out on the test-drive; both brilliant. They were so helpful.'

Mrs Nicola Talbot | 19th April 2018

Ancaster Fiat Catford

I was pleased with Ancaster Nissan Eltham and would recommend them because I felt a valued customer that you look after and I was impressed with the car.

Mrs Janet Purkis | 17th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Eltham

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton were really helpful and I'd recommend them because salesman was friendly, polite and very efficient.

Mrs Annette Farley | 17th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

The experience at Ancaster Nissan Bromley was fantastic because of the high standard friendly customer services, always ready help with customer enquiry.

Ms Adebimpe Taiwo | 17th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

The experience at Ancaster Nissan Shepperton was good because Martin and the team are very personable even the area manager was impressive as he both had to meet and greet customers and do holiday cover for head of sales

Mr R | 17th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

I had a great experience at Ancaster Nissan Slough because the warm welcome we received, the Sales Person (Mr Sumner) was very knowledgeable and considerate of our position. He understood what we wanted and we went through many options to bring away and think...

Mr G | 16th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Slough

I'd definitely recommend Ancaster Nissan Bromley to friends and family because I found everyone I had contact with to be very helpful and friendly.

Mrs Judith Lills | 16th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

Ancaster Fiat Catford were really helpful and I'd recommend them because the gentleman we were dealing with (Nathan) was friendly, gave us good advice, was professional and not pushy; he made us feel relaxed and comfortable. All staff that we had any contact with were friendly and welcoming.

Mrs Rebecca Anderson | 16th April 2018

Ancaster Fiat Catford

I'd recommend Ancaster Fiat Shepperton to a friend because they were friendly helpful and stress free

Mrs Karen Valler | 16th April 2018

Ancaster Fiat Shepperton

The experience at Ancaster Hyundai Croydon was fantastic because lot of feature I can choose and decide what suitable to me before deal for buy the car

Mr Imran Khan | 16th April 2018

Ancaster Hyundai Croydon

Ancaster Nissan Slough were really helpful and I'd recommend them because they are reliable and provide a good quality of service.

Mr Mike Sharrocks | 16th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Slough

Anita was fabulous and very good at her job! The business manager was also very helpful. I will 100% buy a car when we’re ready!

Miss Gemma Gordon | 16th April 2018

Ancaster Fiat Catford

Ancaster Fiat Catford were great because good customer service. Good follow through. Honest explanation when error was made.All effort to rectify was immediate

Miss Lystra Rampersad-Smith | 16th April 2018

Ancaster Fiat Catford

I'd recommend Ancaster Hyundai Croydon to a friend because the service was very professional and everything was explained before purchasing my vehicle

Mr P | 15th April 2018

Ancaster Hyundai Croydon

Ancaster Nissan Slough were helpful because I feel that I got a good deal and I love the car

Miss Susan Herbert | 15th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Slough

I'd recommend Ancaster Hyundai Croydon to anyone because this has been the best car purchase experience I personally have had

Mr Peter Dowson | 14th April 2018

Ancaster Hyundai Croydon

because for ones there were no pushy sales men very helpful friendly and very pleasing to do business with them and James Howard was excellent

Mr P | 13th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Penge

The experience at Ancaster Fiat Dartford was great because they had the car I wanted and the salesperson was great !

Miss Carly Guy | 13th April 2018

Ancaster Fiat Dartford

I'd definitely recommend Ancaster Nissan Eltham because the atmosphere was very welcoming and the sales team were very helpful. They found me the best car suited to my needs.

Mrs Bekere Clark | 13th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Eltham

I was happy with the service at Ancaster Nissan Eltham because Mr Sanj Paddan was very patient in finding the right car for us. His customer service was brilliant!! Thanks a lot.

Mr Albert Thompson | 13th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Eltham

The experience at Ancaster Nissan Slough was good because he answered all my questions and seemed very helpful .

Mrs Jean Bentley | 13th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Slough

The experience at Ancaster Fiat Shepperton was fantastic because Syed Shah Sales Adviser was polite and listened to what I needed with my purchase and provided two cars to choose from and added extra value with insurance and after sales cover. Making my purchase smooth and easy and providing the car I required.

Mrs Lesley Illingworth | 12th April 2018

Ancaster Fiat Shepperton

I had a great experience at Ancaster Nissan South Croydon because of the customer service I was given by the sales person and the sales manager, at no point was I put under any pressure and given as much time as I needed to think through my purchase.

Mr William Bryce | 11th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton staff were good because they were able to find exactly the right car for me. I bought my last car from them over 10 years ago and can not fault their excellent service or attention to detail.

Miss W | 11th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

I was happy with the service at Ancaster Hyundai Croydon because I had a great test drive and all the information I needed was given to me during my visit.

Mr Michael Kaldezar | 11th April 2018

Ancaster Hyundai Croydon

Ancaster Fiat Shepperton were really helpful and I'd recommend them because they offered me exactly what I wanted, I got given very useful advice without pushing me to purchase anything I didn@t need.

Mrs Julia Lufkin | 11th April 2018

Ancaster Fiat Shepperton

Ancaster Nissan Eltham were really helpful and I'd recommend them because they took care to make sure I understood everything and to check I was happy with my purchase

Ms Henderson | 11th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Eltham

The staff at Ancaster Nissan Eltham were good because nothing is too much trouble for them. I have dealt there for very many years and only ever experienced kindness and efficiency from all members of staff.

Mrs Marion Atterton | 11th April 2018

Ancaster Nissan Eltham

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