PREPARING YOUR VEHICLE FOR THE BIG FREEZE
A rare North Pole phenomenon is set to hit Scotland this month meaning it’s more important than ever to prepare your vehicle for freezing temperatures.
High-altitude air in the North Pole has suddenly warmed up and is set to send freezing low-level Arctic air south to Scotland.
According to Met Office records, Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) last hit four years ago, seeing a two-week chill with widespread snow.
Driving in such conditions can prove treacherous, but there are some precautions you can take to make sure that your Volkswagen isn’t wiped out by the big freeze.
In temperatures less than 7°C tyres underperform. Regular tyre checks to monitor pressure and make sure that you have at least 3mm of tread is vital.
As well as this, keeping your antifreeze and screen wash topped up will make sure you don’t grind to a halt when the going gets tough.
Another top tip is to replace your battery if it is more than five years old, as when the mercury dips older batters will often fail.
Volkswagen’s Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) is also designed to excel in tricky conditions, detecting critical situations to stop skidding in its tracks.
ESC monitors the wheels, realising when the vehicle is about to slip, applying the brakes to one of more wheels or reducing the engine power to rectify the problem.
Four years ago SSW brought the coldest March in Scotland for 51 years, with lows of -12.5C as late as March 31 in Braemar, Aberdeenshire.
The coldest temperature ever recorded in the region – and Britain’s record coldest ever February temperature - is -27.2C, set on February 11, 1895 at Braemar in Aberdeenshire.