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Get your motor ready for the cold winter months with our top money-saving tips


AS the weather turns, frosty mornings can make driving conditions more dangerous.

So now is the time to get your motor fit for the cold months.

Here’s how motorists can gear up for winter without breaking the bank

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Here’s how motorists can gear up for winter without breaking the bankCredit: Getty Images – Getty

I spoke to Chris Barella, from Euro Car Parts, to get his top tips on prepping your motor in autumn and winter.

CHECK THE VITALS

Chris says: “Make sure you have enough petrol and that your windscreen washer fluid is topped up, with all the jets working. Stop them freezing with concentrated washer fluid — which contains antifreeze.”

My tip: Two litres of Halfords -10 concentrated screen wash is £3. But if you head to Tesco, you can pick up a 2.5-litre bottle for £2.75.

HIT THE LIGHTS

Chris says: “Use dipped beams in heavy snow and additional fog lights if the snow is falling thickly.”

My tip: Halfords is currently offering a free Road Ready car check (usually £15), checking things such as your light bulbs. Book yours online.

ICE SPY

Chris says: “Clear your vehicle of as much snow and ice as possible, particularly on windows and mirrors.”

My tip: A 600ml can of Carplan Blue Star de-icer is £2.50 at Go Outdoors stores but £2 at Morrisons.

GET YOUR SUPPLIES

Chris says: “Stock your car with extra supplies in case you break down. Warm clothing and a blanket are really important. Other useful items include a first-aid kit, jump cables, phone charger, torch, reflective triangle and hi-vis jackets.”

My tip: You can save up to 50 per cent on selected blankets and throws at Wilko. I like the charcoal waffle throw — it’s £8, down from £16, and will keep you really warm.

QUICK THINKING

Chris says: “If your car gets stuck on ice, an old piece of carpet placed under the tyres can give you enough traction to get free. If you don’t have some old carpet, use your car mats.”

My tip: You can often get carpet offcuts on the cheap but I like the four-piece car mat set from Wilko for £7. It’s less than a similar set sold at Argos for £15.

Deal of day

Get these Birds Eye Mini Potato Waffles as part of Co-Op’s freezer filler for a fiver deal

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Get these Birds Eye Mini Potato Waffles as part of Co-Op’s freezer filler for a fiver deal

THE Co-Op’s freezer filler for a fiver is a red-hot deal. Birds Eye fish fingers, chicken burgers and southern fried chicken fillets, mixed veg, mini potato waffles and Rowntrees fruit pastilles ice lollies all for just £5.

SAVE: £6.25

Cheap treat

The new Pizza Express Fiorentina is available at Waitrose for £5

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The new Pizza Express Fiorentina is available at Waitrose for £5

PIZZA Express has added two new pizzas to its Cook At Home range – Quattro Formaggi and Fiorentina. Both are available at Waitrose for £5 each.

Don’t miss this

AMAZON has announced the return of its annual Prime Day, from October 13 to 14.

Plus, until October 12, users who buy an item worth £10 from an independent seller will be given £10 in credit to spend during the event.

Top swap

This Cooks Professional stand mixer is £52.49 at Wayfair

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This Cooks Professional stand mixer is £52.49 at Wayfair
Swap it for the £49.99 Ambiano mixer at Aldi

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Swap it for the £49.99 Ambiano mixer at Aldi

THIS six-speed Cooks Professional stand mixer is on sale at wayfair.co.uk for £52.49. You can still save on a similar mixer, the Ambiano costing £49.99 at Aldi. 

SAVE: £2.50

Giselle’s little helper

POUNDLAND has launched a range of four 100 per cent recycled notepads at £3 each.

They come in quirky, modern patterns, making them great for work, school or university.

Shop & save

Nivea Q10 Power Sleeping Mask is now half price at Superdrug

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Nivea Q10 Power Sleeping Mask is now half price at SuperdrugCredit: K

KEEP your skin hydrated with Nivea Q10 Power Sleeping Mask, now £5.45 at superdrug.com, down from £10.99.

SAVE: £5.54

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