I’m the first to hold my hands up and admit I’m pretty rubbish at looking after my car. With two kids, the inside often looks like a rubbish bin or overspill of the house, while the outside is often mudsplattered and even dinted in places (shhh!). Truthfully I’m going to be looking at buying a new car sometime in the next 6 months, so I have got fairly lazy with it’s upkeep. The back window washer is broken, my bumper is hanging off in some places and the bonnet has issues closing properly! That said though, I need it every single day for the school run and I rely on it to get myself and the kids around safely.
At this time of year, I do know how important it is to make sure your car is safe, especially with the inevitable cold weather. So far this autumn, I have already replaced all four of my tyres and topped up my coolant. There is a can of anti-freeze on my front seat, right next to my ice-scrapper which I’m really hoping not to need! I think I’m probably lucky with my car, as it will tell me when my wiper fluid needs topping up, when the engine coolant is getting low and when there is a chance of ice. However there are several things that it doesn’t tell me – such as when to check my brakes or check my tyres. Of course, these are all fairly standard things that you should be checking but at this busy time of year, with office parties, Christmas nativity shows and shopping for gifts, it’s definitely easy to forget.
So here are my top tips for pampering your car this Christmas.
- Take your car for a service, especially if it’s due one. This will highlight any possible issues you may have.
- Get your brakes checked at Iverson Tyres. Knowing you can stop efficiently when you need to, is very important.
- Check your tyres. Having a good thread on your wheels is always important but especially when it’s icy.
- Do the little jobs, like top up your engine coolant, clean your lights, wash your windowscreen,
- Get your battery checked. A lot of places are offering free battery checks this time of years, so get yours checked before your car won’t start one morning.
- Always keep your petrol topped up, try not to leave yourself in a desperate situation.
- Ideally you should make sure you have breakdown cover – just in case you need it!
Be prepared. Carry anti-freeze and a scrapper in the car, make sure you have warm blankets in case something does happen. Check the weather and traffic reports before you travel. Keep food and drink supplies in the car when possible. Fingers crossed we won’t be hit by any snowstorms this year, but it’s always better to be prepared and it’s always better to make sure your car is in the best condition it can be!