Tips for staying safe on the roads this winter

As the weather changes and we wake to dewy mornings & misted windscreens, there's an increased risk of warning lights appearing on our dashboards as our cars also adjust to the cooler temperatures.

Here's a quick reminder of what these warning lights mean & some helpful tips on keeping you safe on the road this winter.

TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System)

A change in temperature can trigger the TPMS light to appear. Changes in pressure of as little as 1PSI can cause the light to illuminate.

What do I need to do?

You can usually resolve this yourself by adjusting the pressure in your tyres to that which is shown on the information panel in your car (usually located on the inside of the driver’s door pillar). Correcting the pressure will usually turn off the warning light. If it doesn't, please get in touch with your local branch. 

Radar Brake Support System

Radar Brake Support is a feature of many modern cars & works via a camera and a laser sensor which if obscured by grit, mud or snow can cause the warning light to illuminate. Mist, fog & heavy rain can also cause the system to disable.

What do I need to do?

Cleaning and clearing the cameras and sensors should correct the issue and stop the warning light from continuing to appear. If this doesn't resolve the issue, please get in touch.

Health Check

Even if your car isn’t due a service or MOT, it’s a good idea to get it checked over to ensure everything is as it should be before the cold weather hits. Our expert technicians will carry out a full 40-point health check to prepare your car for the challenge of the winter months.

Our Winter Health Checks include a full top up of your screen wash and up to 0.5 litres of lubricant top-ups. We’ll also send you a video health check from the technician who’s been working on your car who, in the event of coming across any potential issues, will be able to explain what the issue is and how it can be resolved.

Winter Health Checks are FREE OF CHARGE for all our Service Plan holders otherwise a one-off cost of £29.99 including a free Winter Kit. BOOK NOW


Having the wrong type of tyre for the road conditions can dramatically reduce your car’s traction. The majority of UK cars are fitted with summer tyres as standard, but as the winter temperatures continue to drop, it could be worth considering all-season or winter tyres. Winter tyres require more investment as they need to be changed as the bad weather approaches and again as we enter back into Spring.

We understand that not everyone wants to go to this extent so a more pocket-friendly alternative which still gives you peace of mind is our All-Season Tyres.

Speak to our aftersales team to find out more.

Servicing & MOT's

​It goes without saying that you should keep up to date with your car’s servicing schedule all year round and winter is certainly no exception, so if it’s overdue then make sure you get it booked in before the bad weather sets in.

The same goes for your MOT (which of course is a legal requirement, and you have no choice) but also when it comes to any other general maintenance that may need carrying out or you have put off.

We know not everybody carries out the mileage suggested by the manufacturers for servicing intervals, but it's still important to get your car regularly serviced, if anything it's more important. Servicing at Colin Appleyard is tailored to you and your car and we'll only do the work that is required.

All work is carried out by our factory trained technicians at our dealerships in KeighleyBradfordHuddersfield and Ashton-under-Lyne. We use our vast knowledge and experience to ensure that your car is in optimum condition and ready for whatever weather the winter brings.

We're here to help

Remember our team are always here to help, even if it’s just to answer a question or give you some advice on how to do something yourself.

We are a friendly bunch and have years and years of experience so please don’t hesitate to contact your your local Colin Appleyard dealership whether it’s to book your Winter Health Check, ask about our range of tyres and fitting, or to book your service or MOT.


You can trust us

Since we've been established since 1971, we’ve built up a following of thousands of customers who continue to return to us time and time again to have their cars maintained and looked after by us.

So when it comes to trusting us, you can be sure you’re in good hands. But don’t just take our word for it, see what they have to say for themselves by taking a look at our customer reviews.