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Europcar helps drivers as UK temperatures drop

Europcar helps drivers as UK temperatures drop

Winter packs – available from Europcar branches – ensure car hire customers can be prepared for difficult driving conditions



London, January 2015 – Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, is helping customers get through the cold snap safely with its Winter Packs. UK weather forecasters are warning of severe weather for the days ahead, but Europcar’s winter driving kits and advice are helping motorists stay safe.


“Many motorists have all the right equipment in their own vehicles – but are less likely to have this with them when using a rental vehicle”, explained Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group.  “With forecasts warning of dropping temperatures across the UK, we want to make sure our customers feel as well equipped as possible, which is why we offer our Winter Packs.”


Europcar’s Winter Packs are available at major UK branches for just £6 and include, de-icer, a windscreen scraper and extra screen wash, to avoid customers getting caught out if the temperatures drop.  And for Europcar customers in Scotland, where the worst of the weather is expected, Winter Survival Kits are available, adding a shovel, wind up torch, hand warmer and a survival blanket to the standard packs. The Survival Kits are on sale at Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports for £20.


“Motorists have been urged to take extra care on the roads, as the UK braces itself for more snow and icy conditions” continued Ken McCall.  “The Europcar Winter Packs give rental customers the essentials to help them cope as temperatures plummet. Plus we include useful driving tips for our customers who may not be used to driving in these difficult conditions.


“We advise motorists to check the weather forecast before they make their journey and where conditions deteriorate only travel if it’s absolutely necessary.”




  • Don’t use hot water to defrost the windscreen, it could crack. Use de-icer and a plastic scraper
  • Ensure all lights are working and the windows are clear before setting off
  • Leave a safe distance between you and the car in front – this could be 10 times the usual distance, if you’re braking in icy conditions
  • Avoid sharp steering or braking by slowing down
  • In snow, stop frequently to clear snow from windows, wheel arches, lights and number plates
  • Use a low gear to brake on ice and snow without locking your wheels, drop your speed and brake gently
  • If visibility becomes a problem, slow down or pull over safely






For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office Ed McCambridge, Madeleine Roles or Wendy Harrison on 020 8977 9132.  europcarukteam@harrisonsadler.com


About Europcar Group:

Europcar is one of the leading mobility players in Europe. Present in over 140 countries, the group provides customers with one of the largest vehicle rental networks through its own operators, franchisees and partnerships.


Europcar operates worldwide its own brands Europcar® and InterRent, which is its low cost brand.


The group puts customers at the heart of its mission whether it is innovation or service. All the employees of the group are committed to delivering customer satisfaction.


Europcar is actively promoting Corporate and Environmental social responsibility. Europcar has been awarded again in 2013 for the 5th consecutive year, by the World Travel Awards.


Europcar is owned by Eurazeo,one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe.




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