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  • One step ahead

    Looking after you and helping you stay one step ahead, is what matters to us.

    So whether you’re out in your car, making your house a home or just looking after the wellbeing of you and your family. Should you need us, we're here for you.

    Here are some tips and advice to help you stay #OneStepAhead

    Driving in extreme weather conditions

    As the weather changes stay one step ahead and be better prepared for driving in wet weather conditions.

    • Check your windscreen wipers - replace damaged or worn wipers to better clear water from the windscreen
    • Make sure your lights, including your fog lights, are working properly
    • Load your breakdown number into your phone and make sure it's fully charged before you set off
    • Double the distance between you and the car in front – your stopping distance in wet weather is longer
    • Don’t drive fast through standing water – you could lose steering control
    • If you break down in the rain, don’t leave your bonnet open while waiting for your breakdown service – a damp engine is harder to start again

    Looking after your home

    Your house is more than just a place to live, it’s your home as the weather changes stay one step ahead and be better prepared for the wintery conditions.

    • Keep internal doors slightly open, warm air will circulate around the home and reduce cold spots
    • Protect your pipes from harsher conditions, they're less likely to burst if they don’t freeze - wrap pipes in lagging to stop them freezing
    • Check your thermostat - most modern boilers have a thermostat and if working, it will automatically turn on to stop the pipes from freezing
    • Know where your stopcock is - if the worst happens and pipes do burst knowing where the stopcock is, can help to limit the damage
    • Look after your radiators - don’t cover them with large furniture such as sofas or beds. Putting a small shelf above a radiator helps direct heat into the room rather than up to the ceiling
    • Keep the heat in and cold out – try using draught excluders on draughty doors and doubling up on curtains by adding an extra layer or a thermal lining

    Looking after you

    As temperatures change, stay one step ahead and help boost your immune system:

    • Supplements like echinacea, garlic, vitamin C, and zinc will help to support healthy immune function
    • Catch up on sleep – longer nights make it easier to reach the recommended 8 hours sleep a night
    • Keep drinking water! As the weather cools down and our thirst decreases it is easy to forget to drink
    • Staying active and maintaining a healthy level of fitness will help your immunity and keep you warm!
    • Hearty breakfasts – like porridge help to increase your starchy foods and fibre intake giving you energy to help make you feel fuller for longer