Your battery has been working extra hard during winter and now it’s probably not being used as much. So, keep an eye on your battery and if it’s running down, give it a charge. If your battery keeps going flat, you may want to consider replacing it or getting it checked – especially if you’re using your car for essential work during these challenging times.
While we’re only using our cars for essential trips such as food shopping, collecting medicines, work and volunteering; these trips can be used to run your car over. Even if it’s a five minute drive to the shops for some milk, any trip can help in maintaining good engine performance. If you’re not going out, you can keep battery issues at bay by turning the engine over for 5 minutes a day while stationary in a parking space or on your drive. If you do this and notice any engine warning lights come on, some garages are still open to carry out essential work.
Make sure your lights, rear reflectors and both indicators are clean and working and that no lenses are cracked.
Regularly checking your tyres is always important, no matter how often you use your car or how far you drive. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre and around its circumference. However, you should replace your tyres well before they get to the legal standard.
So, while we’re all spending more time at home and less time in our cars, let’s not neglect them. Give them a clean, check their essentials and look forward to the day when you can get in and head out to meet your loved ones.
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