We’re all aware of how important it is to carry our regular maintenance checks on your car; but with the brunt of the winter weather just around the corner, we need to pay extra attention to the condition of our vehicles. The weather conditions during the winter months bring a higher risk of collisions and maintenance issues to your car; which are all factors we want to avoid. With Christmas fast approaching and families from across the country travelling to see family and friends; we’ve put together a few tips on what you should check before setting off on your travels.
Knowing the importance of tyre care
Your vehicles tyres are one of the most important areas to keep in top condition; not just in winter, but throughout the year. Tyres which are worn or damaged increase your risk of a collision as their ability to grip to the roads surfaces is reduced. Checking the tyres regularly means you can spot any damage and whether or not they need replacing. Replacing your vehicles tyres doesn’t need to be a chore, with companies like TyrePlus offering mobile fitting; meaning any damaged tyres can be replaced on your drive. It’s important to remember that tyres which are badly worn and damaged are actually illegal to use.
Check your oil
If you drive an older model car, it’s a lot easier to forget to check your car’s oil, compared to newer cars. Newer models will often display a warning light if the oil level is running low, although you should check it manually on a regular basis. Most people are happy to use the common method of checking the level of oil in a vehicle but it really is important to do so, as a lack of oil can cause a severe amount of damage to the engine. A simple check like this can save you a lot of money in the long run. Having to buy a new engine will come at a cost.
Keep up to date with service & MOT
If your car is older than 3 years then it will need an MOT every year, as well as a service. These are the two most important health checks you vehicle needs and can spot any potential issues or damage your car may have. A lot of car owners put off a service and MOT because of the price, but many companies offer service plans, meaning you can pay on a monthly basis. Future buyers of your car will be more likely to purchase the vehicle if it has a full service, so this is something to keep in mind.
For anyone who owns a car, we’re all fully aware of the checks we should be carrying out on our vehicles; but sometimes it’s easier to let them pass you by. Above are some of the most common checks, which can be done in no time at all and can save you money in the long run and reduce the risk of an accident on the road.