Basic Car Safety Checklist

We have had 10 years of Happy stress free motoring with our car – until this year that is!  In May 2017 we were on a day trip and we lost our car key, after searching for hours (literally) it became clear that we were going to need a new one.  We were an hour and a half away from home; luckily Mikes parents had access to our spare key and they saved us by driving it all the way up to us!  Since then it seems to have been one thing after another:

  • In October we went to Margate for the weekend and had a lovely time, then our battery died just as we were about to start the car up and return home
  • In November we had issues with our key it wouldn’t work the central locking – the locksmith who fitted the key came to fix it – there had been several other key issues that the locksmith had dealt with prior to this since losing our key
  • In December, again, we had more key issues and the car needed to go into the garage for a full key re programme
  • In February (on Mike’s birthday) the petrol flap fell off in Mikes hand as he put petrol in!

All these problems have had us debating a new car.  We have done well to get 10 years out of this car, but we feel, despite the issues we have had, that it still has some life in it yet – so we have put off getting a new car (for the time being).  To get the most out of car over the years, we have always had it regularly serviced and we have only had the odd minor repair due at MOT’s.  Ossett Tyre House offers MOT Test for Dewsbury & nearby areas

Here is our Basic Car Safety Checklist:

Always ensure you regularly get the following checked:

  • Engine Oil
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Screen wash
  • Radiator Coolant
  • Brake Fluid
  • Clutch Fluid
  • Tyres – are they in good condition? Is the tread legal? Are they at the correct pressure?
  • Check the warning lights all work when you start the car
  • Glass is free from chips or scratches
  • Windscreen Wipers and washer work correctly
  • Handbrake is in full working order
  • The horn works

If any of the above fail, get them repaired before motoring.

Regularly checking for these issues can help to keep your car safe and roadworthy.  Always ensure your MOT is up to date and do not drive without a valid MOT.

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