I don’t know about you but I dread this time of year when my car is due its MOT. Last year it would have run out the day after we returned from our holiday to Walt Disney World, and that was something I knew I didn’t want to face whilst being jet lagged. It’s taught me to be prepared and get the initial test done as early as allowed just in case any work needs doing.
Booking Your MOT
I have never stuck to using the same garage for my MOT tests each year, for no particular reason other than listening to recommendations from friends, or finding a garage with availability, or even finding a garage with the services that I need. If I am waiting for my car to be MOT’d then I make sure the garage has facilities such as free wifi like the Ossett Tyre House MOT Center so I know I won’t be staring at the walls whilst I wait.
Playing the waiting game during that MOT time is so nerve racking even when I know I have taken all the steps to make sure my car is safe through the whole year. Having a current MOT certificate is very important to me because I am reassured that my car is safe to drive when it has been through the checks the garage performs. You can book your MOT test at Ossett Tyre House MOT Testing Centre. There are steps that the MOT also checks that are outside of my own checks such as the emissions tests and making sure the car is as environmentally friendly as it can be.
I don’t tend to take my car on many of the long journeys, but I do still like to put Hubby in charge of making sure my car will perform at its best. There is nothing worse than being stranded alone when it could have been prevented. My top tips for staying safe whilst driving include the following.
Checking The Oil
It doesn’t take a couple of minutes to check the oil in the car, even I can do it with my limited knowledge of car maintenance.
Checking The Water
I have learned this the hard way in the past. My radiator had a water leak and I didn’t realise it until I was driving home one day and a loud noise alerted me, with a warning message of engine over heating. I had managed to drive my car around until the water tank was empty. Thankfully I hadn’t done any lasting damage, but do you think I had any water in my car? Nope, I definitely do now!
Checking The Lights
My Mum has always instilled in me to check the lights on the car, especially if you may be driving back home when it’s dark, or the weather is poor. It’s a quick flick of the switch before you set off and you know if your lights are working OK.
Another lesson from my Mum is to look at all the tyres before jumping in the car and driving off. It doesn’t take long but it could save you from having an accident if you don’t spot something sinister, or miss a flat tyre for example.
Supplies In The Car
After learning the lesson of no water in the car, I always make sure there is a filled bottle of water, a blanket, small first aid kit, and a torch in the car. You never know when you might need any of these things.
What do you do to make sure your car is safe?
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