Donnelly urges drivers to get a grip this Winter

WITH icy blasts, plunging temperatures and threats of snow, local Vauxhall retailer, Donnelly, is urging drivers in Dungannon to get prepared for the cold road ahead with Vauxhall’s winter tyres, winter accessories and Winter Safety Checks.

To ensure drivers maintain a sure footing whatever the weather, the retailer on Ballygawley Road is keen to remind drivers of Vauxhall’s MasterFit Winter Tyre Programme.

With a range of tyres available to suit customers’ vehicles, Vauxhall MasterFit dealerships will supply and fit tyres for all popular Vauxhall models so that motorists are ready for the cold snap.

Geoffrey Lamont, Retail Operator at Donnelly, explains: “In cold conditions, and particularly on snow and ice, drivers run the risk of skidding, and so we want to remind customers of the importance of winter tyres in offering improved grip and increased safety.

“In temperatures at or below seven degrees centigrade, the tread compound on standard summer tyres starts to harden and lose grip. The compound used in the production of winter tyres however contains more natural rubber, which means drivers can be assured of better flexibility and grip when taking to the road. This can reduce braking distances by up to 10 per cent in rain and up to 20 per cent in snow.”

Snow socks

And in an effort to ensure drivers in the area keep moving whatever the weather, Donnelly is also offering Auto Sock Snow Socks from just £49.95, which simply slip over the driving wheels of a vehicle to give extra grip.

Quick and easy to use, they work by creating friction between the wheels and the road surface and can be used on all makes and models of vehicle.

What’s more, being light and compact, they are ideal for storing in the car for when snowy and icy road conditions strike and

offer a less bulky alternative to snow chains.

Geoffrey Lamont continues: “It’s often difficult to avoid driving on snow and ice during the winter months and so we’re keen to ensure that drivers in the area are not only fully prepared, but able to get out of slippery situations when adverse conditions take hold.

“Whether it’s getting home from work or getting the kids to school this winter, Auto Sock Snow Socks provide extra grip that could make all the difference.”

In addition, Donnelly is also offering a range of convenient products by Autoglym, to help ensure drivers keep a clear view behind the wheel.

With Autoglym De-Icer and Concentrated Screenwash, both available from £3.99*, drivers can be confident that their visibility won’t be compromised when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Top up with Winter Safety Checks

Finally, with many families planning trips up and down the country to visit friends and relatives over the festive season, Donnelly is encouraging motorists to get set for long journeys by taking advantage of Vauxhall’s thorough 25-point Winter Safety Check, including fluid top ups, for just £35 RRP.

To give customers complete peace of mind, the dealership’s expertly-trained team of Vauxhall MasterFit technicians will visually check vehicles for any potential safety issues as well as inspect brakes, tyre inflation, wiper blades and more. In addition, the safety check includes engine oil, brake fluid and radiator coolant, topping-up fluids where necessary**.

Plus, to offer even greater value for money, all customers who take advantage of a Winter Safety Check will get a free Winter Care Pack worth over £20, which includes De-Icer, Hi-Tech Interior Microfibre Cloth, Ultimate Screenwash and Ice Scraper.

To book a Winter Safety Check at Donnelly, or for full Winter Tyres pricing information and further details about Vauxhall’s range of Winter Accessories, please contact the retailer at 181 Ballygawley Road, Dungannon, County Tyrone, BT70 1RX. Alternatively, call 02887 727888 or go online to

* Available at participating retailers

**Top-up quantity limited to a maximum of 500ml