Mummy says… Christmas is less than two weeks away, and you might be travelling to stay with loved ones, or heading off for a festive family break in the UK or further afield. There is so much to think about at this time of year, but have you thought about preparing your car for Christmas….
The last thing you want is to run into any car problems, or, even worse risk being stranded in the holiday season. As bad weather comes in, the rescue services will be over stretched and waiting times could be very long. Here are some top tips to consider when preparing your car for Christmas…
- Check that your tyres are road worthy and compatible to drive on icy or snowy roads. If you live in or are visiting area that has a lot of snow you might want to consider snow tyres, or snow chains.
- Every 12,000 miles or 12 months (whichever is sooner) have your car serviced – check when yours is due and pop a reminder in your phone. Make sure that all the essential things are checked; like exhausts, batteries, oil and etc. so that your car is trouble free this winter.
- Air conditioning in cars. There is a misconception that air conditioning cools only, but it is also used for effective heating and demisting, vital for this time of the year!
- Don’t forget the most important aspect of any car over three years old is MOT testing. You must MOT a new car by it’s third anniversary of registration. It is a legal requirement and you can check the status of a car, and if it has a current MOT by visiting the gov.uk website. All you need is the car registration number.
If your car needs an MOT and does not have one you face a £1000 penalty, and cannot renew your road tax. Your car insurance will be invalid, carrying a further six-eight penalty points risk so it’s really important to keep on top of your cars MOT.Important facts regarding an MOT:
- It check a car’s safety and roadworthiness, in particular its brakes and emissions.
- It’s necessary on a vehicle’s third birthday, then annually.
- It includes an extensive list of internal and external checks.
- It is a visual check only: examiners are not allowed to change or remove anything on your car, which is why you still need to keep on top of servicing.
- There are over 600 ways to fail.
Autotrader has a great article on MOT testing with lots of info, you can see it here.
You need to visit somewhere reliable, trustworthy and registered such as Calmac Tyres Autocentre in Northampton. They offer MOT’s for all vehicles from £40 and have received great reviews. As well as MOT’s they offer tracking, brakes and tyres amongst other services.
Have you any tips to add for preparing your car for Christmas?