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Oh, the weather outside is frightful.

As previously mentioned, this winter is shaping up to be another awful and prolonged saga of frozen dread.

Luckily, we happen to live on the same planet as one Simon Elstow; The head of training over at driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive.

Where would we be without his weekly road safety tips? Dead, that's where. We'd be dead.

This week he's got some top tips for anybody who wants to prepare their car for winter.

Preparing Your Car For Winter – 5 Things To Do

1. In a UK winter you are most likely to encounter wind and rain, so make sure your windscreen wipers are in good condition, your screen wash is topped up and that the inside of your windscreen is clean.

2. Do a thorough check of your vehicle: check your engine coolant level and make sure last year’s ice scraper and de-icer are up to the job.

3. The legal minimum for tyre tread in the UK is 1.6mm, but for optimum safety start looking for replacements if the depth is below 3mm.

4. Test all your lights.

5. Pack an emergency kit, including a warm coat, high visibility jacket, some food and water, a good pair of boots, de-icer and scraper, a torch, a spade and a mobile phone with a well-charged battery. Remember to store your emergency breakdown number.

Simon Says

Says Simon: “Now is the time to give your car a once-over before winter conditions take hold. Bad weather can strike suddenly and more severely than you expect, so it’s really important to be proactive, rather than reactive.

“Many roads are still pot-holed after last winter, so having a well-maintained car and paying particular attention to your tyres will be extremely important.”

Consider yourself told.

If the worst should happen now, you have no-one but yourself to blame.

Simon can't be there all the time.