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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'd suggest Ancaster Nissan Penge to a friend because they are very professional and welcoming

Mr Mark Kajdi | 20th September 2018

Ancaster Nissan Penge

I'd recommend Ancaster Hyundai Croydon because the customer service was faultless, and I felt that Liam and Vanessa were genuinely interested in providing the best service.

Mrs Gilder | 19th September 2018

Ancaster Hyundai Croydon

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon were great because the service was honest, professional and friendly. I was very pleased with the terms of my purchase and all questions were answered clearly. A very calm and clean environment to conduct business.

Mr Julian K | 19th September 2018

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon

Ancaster's service arrangements are excellent. They collect our car and deliver it back as new. All the staff are friendly and professional.

Ms H | 28th August 2018

Ancaster Nissan Slough

Very satisfied. Just wish they had told me that the previous owner was a rental company.

Mr D | 31st July 2018

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

Had a lovely, friendly salesman and manager helped uys with our needs.

Mrs Marilyn Blunden | 9th July 2018

Ancaster Fiat Dartford

Good service, good, helpful, honest advice.

Mrs Rebecca Anderson | 18th June 2018

Ancaster Fiat Catford

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon were really helpful and I'd recommend them because of their excellent service.

Mrs Angela Shaw | 13th June 2018

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon

My experience at Ancaster Fiat Catford was memorable because sales person who dealt with me was very friendly and cared about my needs. She open and honest and knew her stuff about the cars.

Miss P | 11th June 2018

Ancaster Fiat Catford

My experience at Ancaster Nissan Penge was positive because the staff are friendly, caring and not pushy. We would have bought from them if they had the stock of vehicle we were looking to buy,

Mr T | 11th June 2018

Ancaster Nissan Penge

I was happy with the service at Ancaster Nissan Penge because the service was great , Louise the car sales person was amazing fully understanding off the car needs and and very helpful throughout the process off purchasing my new car as will as exchanging my old car, also when ever i visited the branch in penge , he would always be welcoming . and attend to any off my question,he would also attend to me when he would have other customer there to . very good sales person kind regards samir patel

Mr Samir Patel | 11th June 2018

Ancaster Nissan Penge

The attention and service I had was exceptional.

Mr Joaquim Fernandez | 11th June 2018

Ancaster Nissan Penge

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Shepperton to anyone because they don't force a purchase and they listen carefully our points helping us choose the best vehicle

Mr Rossi | 7th June 2018

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Bromley because damian was really good and was very knowledgeable

Mrs Claire Jordon | 7th June 2018

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

'I had a really good experience, Gary was a really down to earth and helpful guy. He's a really good salesman'.

Miss Julianne Stenech | 7th June 2018

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon

They were very helpful, supportive and friendly.

Mrs Rita Linton | 4th June 2018

Ancaster Nissan Penge

Good, friendly service.

Mr John Trott | 4th June 2018

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

Ancaster Nissan Slough were fantastic because they helped me pick and choose the perfect car for me and the salesman knew exactly what he was talking about and never pressured me into anything that I didn't want.

Mr Gary Bumpus | 30th May 2018

Ancaster Nissan Slough

Ancaster Fiat Dartford were really helpful and I'd recommend them I found just what I wanted quickly and the salesman was very helpful and attentive, I love my car

Miss Georgina Harris | 24th May 2018

Ancaster Fiat Dartford

A very nice man looked after us and was very polite

Mrs Ann Lorraine | 24th May 2018

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon

I had a great experience at Ancaster Nissan Penge because the salesman Alan Whent was very good I had dealt with him before with my last car and it was good to have some continuity of service and excellent advice especially for an older person I felt comfortable and well looked after.

Mrs Maureen Downs | 23rd May 2018

Ancaster Nissan Penge

Ancaster Fiat Shepperton staff were good because very helpful friendly and explained every detail in simple terms.

Mrs W | 22nd May 2018

Ancaster Fiat Shepperton

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton were ok due to the sales person and site. However... I failed to notice damage on the rear bumper until i got home after hand over. I then called and left a message for the sales person. He was off the following day so i took the vehicle back the next day. I was told that they would have noticed the damage of it was there so they couldn't do anything. Basically.... i wasn't telling the truth. I was not happy with this. Also, the sales team do not know enough about the product. As in the practical side of the vehicle. Advising on apps. Charging stations when out and about etc etc... I bought a nearly new Leaf and tried setting up a you + Nissan account but couldn't. The sales team only had one person that knew what i needed to do. I feel that more training on the practical use of the vehicle to adequately advise.

Mr Dan Higgs | 22nd May 2018

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Slough to anyone because they understand what you want and deliver

Mr Richard Hussey | 21st May 2018

Ancaster Nissan Slough

I'd suggest Ancaster Hyundai Croydon to a friend because of the professionalism and knowledge of the staff, namely Arthur who was very good at his job.

Miss Renata S | 21st May 2018

Ancaster Hyundai Croydon

I had a great experience at Ancaster Fiat Dartford because personal service and time devoted by the salesperson.

Mr William Motley | 21st May 2018

Ancaster Fiat Dartford

The experience at Ancaster Hyundai Croydon was good because the people were professional and caring throughout the process

Mr Edward Collins | 21st May 2018

Ancaster Hyundai Croydon

I'd definitely recommend Ancaster Nissan Shepperton because Ali was very helpful . You can publish this but not using my ful name

Mrs Lesley-Anne Bartosik | 21st May 2018

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Penge to anyone because they have always given me good service and honest opinions.

Mr Harris | 21st May 2018

Ancaster Nissan Penge

My experience at Ancaster Nissan Slough was positive because no pressure, just test drive and provide literature

Mr Richard Ibbotson | 21st May 2018

Ancaster Nissan Slough

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As one of the largest and longest established dealer groups in the South East, Ancaster offer great deals on used cars, new cars, car servicing and motability cars in 13 dealerships at 9 different locations of modern, fully equipped, dealerships in Bromley, Catford, Croydon, Dartford, Penge, Shepperton, Slough and Welling. Find your nearest dealership by entering your postcode below.

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