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How to Check Your Car before Going on Holiday

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For most people, our cars are our pride and joy and we want to take good care of them with regular car servicing and annual MOT’s to ensure they are safe and running smoothly. This is particularly important if you are planning on taking your car on holiday and it’s going to mean long journeys and clocking up plenty of miles. The most important thing to check is that your car’s MOT is valid and not due anytime soon. Another important element of car maintenance is the servicing; you should have your car serviced every 12 months, sometimes more if you have a high powered car. So if you have a service coming up, get it booked a few weeks before your holiday so you can be sure all the relevant safety checks have been done and your car is safe to use.

As well as the services we can carry out at Pitstop Motorist Centre, there are also some vital checks you can conduct yourself before embarking on your holiday:

Check Your Tyres:

Make sure all your tyres are at the correct pressure, taking into consideration that you will have extra weight in your car. Don’t forget to check the spare tyre is fully pumped up and while you are at it familiarise yourself with the in car toolkit, like the jack and wheel removal tools, make sure you know where the jacking points are too. You should also take time to check your tyres still have a good amount of tread on them, tyres heat up on long journeys and worn tyres can suffer blow outs.

Check Your Fluids:

Check the dipstick to ensure you have plenty of oil as well as checking the coolant and top up as necessary. Check you have plenty of screen wash and that your screen wash system works as this is a legal requirement.

Check Your Lights:

You should check your lights weekly anyway, but ensure you check all your lights before your holiday including, headlights, fog, brake and reversing lights as well as your indicators.

Remember if your service or MOT is due the expert team at Pitstop Motorist Centre can carry out all repairs, servicing and MOT’s on all makes and models for cars so get in touch with us today by calling 01438 488 528.

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