3 Pre-Christmas Car Checks
With Christmas just around the corner it’s important to ensure that your car is in the best condition to drive should the weather suddenly plummet (which in the UK is fairly likely).
As Christmas approaches, you always find television adverts drilling into the dangers of drink driving, which of course is an incredibly important subject. However, what about the television ads for preparing your car? If your car is unsafe to drive, how are you going to know?
Use these 3 pre-Christmas car checks to make sure that your vehicle is safe.
Vehicle fluids tend to last a long time, but they are always worth checking and should be monitored throughout the year, not just at Christmas. In modern vehicles that contain LCD displays you may even be able to check the status of your brake fluid and oils without actually getting out of the car – so there is no excuse at all.
Failing to top up your car fluids when required can lead to damages and internal engine repairs – which are not cheap. Failing to replenish your brake fluid can be extremely dangerous and even more so in colder, icy conditions. If you want to avoid paying for a car body repair, certainly look into this sooner rather than later.
Although your car may not be due a service, it’s still worth getting a mechanic to give it a once over just to be sure. They will give your vehicle a thorough check and in most cases top up your fluids too, so you are able to kill two birds with one stone.
Tyres need to be checked regularly to ensure that they are at the correct pressure. Too low and you will find yourself working harder to control the car and use more fuel. Too high and you could damage the tyres and still use more fuel!
When you check your tyres, they should be cool, avoid checking them after long journeys.
As Christmas approaches and especially if you live in areas that are known for icy roads, consider replacing them with a weather resistant tyres that can react better to cold conditions. They will increase your grip and provide you with better traction when you drive.