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As winter approaches the internet is alight with winter car care tips and driving survival guides. These provide important advice to keep your motor running as temperatures plummet.

However, we’re pretty certain you know what to do, i.e. check oil, check tyres, refill radiator, etc, etc ………

So we’ve come up with a couple of alternatives (but don’t take all or any of them literally).

You could cuddle up to this grumpy little guy

Buy a dog

Should the worse happen and your car breaks down overnight, then having a four-legged friend in the car with you would be a great way to keep warm by giving it a cuddle.

Of course, packing a blanket would be another to stay cosy but would it give you the same loyalty and love?

Woof, woof!

I wish it could be Christmas

Play a Christmas CD

Keep festive and ignore the quickly deteriorating driving conditions by listening to Sir Cliff, Wizard and Slade, to name but a few.

We’ve all got our favourite Christmas track – Frosty the Snowman, White Christmas, Last Christmas, Merry Xmas Everbody, Fairytale of New York, All I Want for Christmas is You….

What’s yours?

Yummy treats for dark winter nights on the road side

Gorge on some festive goodies (but not while driving)

Who can resist mince pies, Yule log, gingerbread, Christmas cake?

So remember to pack your favourite Christmas snacks to keep up your energy levels after a long drive.

It also means you want to have to re-mortgage your house should you have the misfortune of pulling into a motorway service station and buying a sandwich and packet of crisps.

Brrrr… open top buses are best avoided in winter!

Take public transport

If all else fails and you simply can’t face de-icing the windscreen for the umpteenth time then take a bus or train instead.

Be prepared for cancellations, overcrowding, extortionate fares, sky-high priced snacks, indecipherable booking terms and conditions and lateness. On the plus side you get to share your space with your fellow travellers who are probably as happy as you to be suffering the same fate.

Of course, public transport isn’t all that bad but where would you prefer to be, behind the wheel of your beloved classic or standing for hours in a packed train carriage.

This is our winter driving survival guide but ClassicLine Insurance would love to hear your tips.