Caravan owners warned of engine oil problem as experts urge drivers to ‘winter-proof’

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Strong winds, heavy rain and snow battered the Midlands, north England, Scotland and Wales this weekend resulting in havoc on the roads in some areas. Caravan, motorhome and campervan drivers are now being urged to stay safe on the roads this winter to protect themselves from being caught in adverse weather conditions.

In Cwmbran, south Wales, a man was shocked to find a caravan overturned in his garden, just inches away from shattering his living room window.

The gale force winds of Storm Arwen blew the leisure vehicle 15 doors away from his neighbour.

While campervan owners aren’t required by law to fit winter tyres, for those who are planning on travelling during the course of the next few months it is strongly advised. 

Winter tyres offer huge improvements in steering control, acceleration and stopping distances when compared with regular low tread tyres.

In addition to this, drivers need to consider the pressure and tread of the tyre to make sure they are legal and will perform as designed.

If drivers are still planning on travelling abroad over the winter, snow chains may be a sound investment and are even a legal requirement in some European countries including mountainous regions of France.

The experts at PaulCamper, a campervan rental platform, also advised drivers to pay attention to which engine oil they need.

They said: “As temperatures dip into single digits and beyond it is a good idea to change your engine oil to one which can withstand the harsher temperatures.

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“These oils are marked with the letter ‘W’ and help to circulate lubricant in your vehicle during a cold engine start.

“Oils suitable for winter are marked SAE 0W, 5W, 10W, 15W, 20W, and 25W.

“They have a low viscosity meaning they are particularly fluid lubricants and ideal for the cool conditions.”

Motorists can also winter-proof their vehicle this year by giving it a deep clean before they embark on their next road trip.

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