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One of the essential parts of car maintenance is regularly checking and topping up fluids. Fluids are needed to ensure that your car works efficiently. Regular checks will save you a lot of time and money.

Motor Oil

The role of motor oil is lubrication. The motor oil acts to reduce friction and lower the rate of wear and tear as a car engine contains moving parts that come into contact with each other.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid keeps the brakes working well. Moisture can accumulate in the brake fluid as you drive your car, making it less effective. It also reduces naturally over time, so you need to change it regularly. Once a year is recommended.

Power Steering Fluid

Another part of the hydraulic system is the power steering fluid which helps you turn the car smoothly and efficiently. Power steering fluid reduces naturally over time, more so if there is a leak in the system.

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.

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.

A number plate that you have specifically chosen and bought for your vehicle is called a personalised number plate. They are popular in the UK, especially at this time of year when people may buy them as presents. Quite often, people won’t necessarily be looking for a personalised number plate – they may just see one that is appropriate for them.

A personalised number plate will usually be one that has something appropriate on it for you. If you have a nickname, for example, you might be able to find a number plate that has your nickname on it. The ‘words’ will usually be made up of various numbers and letters, put together to make other numbers and letters. You won’t be able to create your own but you can look out for one that is apt for you. It can be nice to personalise your car and make it mean something to you by using a personalised number plate.

There’s so many things to maintain in a car and the clutch is one of them. There’s a few ways you can protect your clutch so it can last it’s maximum amount of time. Have a look below and use these best practices.

Try not to slip the clutch when you can avoid it and try to keep your left foot on the floor when you’re not shifting. If you rest your foot on the clutch pedal, you can throw-out bearing to connect with the pressure plate. Doing this can lead to wear, which can clearly be avoidable. Best way to explain it is, the slightest force on the pedal is multiplied on the clutch.

Also make sure to release your clutch when your vehicle idle for a long period of time. This simple practice will extend the life of your clutch.