Too hot, too cold, too rainy, too icy, too snowy, too bright… the weather in Britain is rarely perfect. It can be very difficult for cars to cope with the seasonal changes, as the demands placed on your vehicle change throughout the year. Even for the most experienced driver, sliding on an icy road can be a terrifying experience, and, on a summer’s day, a car with no air conditioning can reach dangerously high temperatures.
It is important, therefore, to carry out Seasonal Safety Checks twice a year to ensure that your car is fully prepared for whatever the Great British weather can throw at it.
The winter is, by far, the most challenging season for motorists. The AA reports that in December and January they respond to over 20,000 callouts a day across the UK. The most common cause for non-starting vehicles in the winter months, by far, is a flat battery. At any time of year our trained professionals will be able to fully prepare your car for the months ahead. These checks include:
The battery is the most common cause of winter breakdowns. Any battery more than five years old can struggle in the cold winter months –things like heating and windscreen wipers all put excess strain on the batteries, while cars are also often left unattended over the Christmas period. It is important to have your battery checked and replaced if necessary to avoid the inconvenience of a failure on those cold winter mornings. We can give you a printout of battery and alternator performance.
Correct use of Antifreeze is vital throughout the year. Here at Service MOT Repairs, we will be able to ensure that your car has not only the optimum levels of antifreeze, but also that the concentration is correct for your particular model of car. It is recommended that this be changed every 4 years, irrespective of mileage.
Perhaps most crucially of all, tyre checks are vital to ensure your safety all year round. Legally, tyres need to have at least 1.6 mm of tread depth, although we would strongly advise that your tyres have at least 3mm, guaranteeing that your tyres have as much grip as possible. It’s also worth a mention that the maximum fine for an illegal tyre is £2500 and 3 penalty points, and yes, that’s per tyre! We would also recommend switching to winter-specific tyres for maximum grip in icy conditions.
Air Conditioning Check
Just like the other systems in your car, the air-conditioning system needs regular maintenance. An average of 10% of the air-con gas permeates out of the system over a year. This means over time it will not be working as it should. Along with tyres, levels, and battery check, recharging the Air-con system forms our seasonal car check in the summer months.
Top Tip: Use your air-con in the winter to demist your windscreen you’ll find the screen clears much faster, this is because it is dry air rather than atmospheric air which is moist.
Northampton Seasonal Car Checks, give us a call on 01604 491011 and one of our mechanics will be happy to help, as well as talk you through any and all procedures that come with our Seasonal Checks.