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Regular maintenance is essential for the operational and traffic safety of Cars. This should be performed once a year or every 10,000 miles. The car manufacturer will advise the recommended option.

There is some maintenance that you can do yourself at home.  These include checking your oil levels and quality, top up the water and check the tyre pressures.

There are also some replacement parts you can undertake at home.  You can replace lightbulbs and windscreen wiper blades. To find the correct ones for your car make and model please check the owner’s guide.

If you have an electric car or hybrid, maintenance and servicing of your car are very much the same.  You can still place the windscreen wipers and lightbulbs and, if you have a hybrid car, the oil and water levels. 

Maintenance of your car at home should be done regularly, and particularly before the winter months.

The joy of being able to drive is a very liberating feeling but it would not be so good if you couldn’t stop! Brake pads are a very important aspect of your car’s operation and safety features, so it is important to recognise signs of them needing replacing and dealing with that as soon as possible. Driving with worn brake pads can be very dangerous, so be sure to stay vigilant to these signs:

• Many newer vehicles will tell you via an orange brake light if the brake pads are worn

• Worn brake pads can make a screeching or grinding noise when used

• The vehicle could pull to one side if brake pads are worn

• You could feel shaking or vibrations when the brakes are used

• It could take longer to stop if the pads are worn

• You can visually see if they are thin when you peer through the alloy wheels (should be at least 3mm of material)

If you are experiencing any of these signs, you should at least have your brake pads inspected by a professional, to advise you.

Ensuring that your tyres are kept in good operating condition is incredibly important to your road safety and other motorists you may encounter. Driving on tyres that do not have the proper tread depth or are in need of repair is incredibly dangerous for you, your passengers and other vehicles that could be involved in a accident if your tyres were to malfunction whilst driving.

Signs Your Tyres Need Replacing

• If the tread depth is below 1.6mm, it is illegal to drive on them
• There is widespread cracking or deformation of rubber
• Visible steel cords from the inner layers
• Uneven tyre wear in the canter or at the edges of the tyres
• If the tyre/tyres have been repaired numerous times
• If there is bead (edge of the tyre, in contact with the wheel) damage

If your tyres are exhibiting any of these signs or if you have any doubts about the integrity and safety of your tyres, you should seek the advice of tyre professional and ensure you get tyres replaced where necessary.

One of the most common areas of security weakness for a home is the garage. They can be seen as easy targets as they are not typically included in a home security system, they are usually separated from the home so may be less noticed during a break-in and most of the time a garage will be housing high value items. To help prevent garage theft, there are a few tips to keep in mind:

• Simply having a home security system, should help to deter theft. Security systems, especially monitored ones are a great deterrent especially when advertised on the exterior of the home.

• Ensuring your security system includes security of the garage is even better.

• Exterior motion-operated lights are an additional way to keep your property safe and less appealing to thieves.

• Ensuring garage windows are locked and secured is also important. You can have these covered so that light still gets through but people will not be able to see inside.

• You can also invest in window bars, if your garage has windows.

As with many events, appointments and everyday goings-on, even the mandatory annual UK MOT, for vehicles over 3 years old, has had some interference and adjustment. Due to lockdown and many workplaces being shut down, minimised and having to adhere to social distancing, it has been recognised that vehicle MOT’s for certain time periods needed some sort of extension to give car owners a chance to get their MOT accomplished safely.

Therefore, any MOT’s that expired on or after 30 March 2020 through 31 July 2020 have been extended for 6 months. Please be aware that if your MOT was due from 1 August 2020, there will not be an option to extend and you must complete a MOT as normal. If you ever forget or lose track of your MOT information you can visit https://www.gov.uk./check-mot-status and enter your vehicle details in order to see if you have an MOT certificate and when it expires.

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