HiQ is promising to provide free tyre safety checks throughout January in a bid to ease the motoring misery caused by the New Year freeze.  

With heavy snow fall affecting driving conditions across many parts of Britain, HiQ is offering drivers a free motoring health check, at participating centres, so that car problems don't leave them out in the cold.HiQ is also backing calls from police for drivers to take extreme care on the roads, as conditions are expected to get worse before they get better this week.Winter makes many more demands of drivers and their vehicles. Brakes, visibility, steering and batteries are all subject to extremely heavy use and HiQ is offering the free checks to ensure these key areas are fully prepared.HiQ's comprehensive eight point winter health check covers the following areas:

Tyres: checking and adjusting pressures on all five tyres, including tread depth and wheel alignment Battery: check battery and clean and grease terminals. Windscreen: check condition of front and rear wiper blades, washers and headlamps. Lights and horns: check condition of side, tail, main, dip, stop, reverse, indicators, hazard, fog and spot lights Engine: check engine oil and filter, run engine, check for leaks Exhaust: Inspect and report on the condition of the exhaust Fan belt: inspect fan belt and adjust if necessary Coolant hose: Inspect hoses and fasteners, radiators and connections, antifreeze and check for leaks  

HiQ's marketing manager Geraldine McGovern urged motorists to drive with more caution in the bad weather as braking and steering manoeuvres will not be as responsive as normal.She said: "Braking on snow and ice may take ten times longer. "Drivers should be mindful that not all roads are gritted by the local highways authorities and, in any case, gritting a road does not mean it is safe."Roads can re-freeze after being gritted so it is safer to treat every road as ungritted and drive in accordance with the conditions."The weather we have experienced at the beginning of this month has been as bad as we can all remember, so for customers looking to get their cars prepared for the cold weather, a comprehensive check carried out by fully trained HiQ technicians is ideal," she concludes.Find your nearest HiQ centre.