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Christmas is nearly upon us. The whole month of December is a busy month and things like making sure your car is ready for Christmas can be put by the wayside. But most of us will be using the car at some point over the Christmas period. Whether that means driving to family for Christmas dinner or heading to the shops on Boxing Day.
December can be a cold stormy month. To be honest we haven’t seen a lot of cold and icy conditions as of yet, but there has been plenty of wet, windy and stormy weather. Bringing these altogether means you need to be getting your car ready for Christmas. Winter is the greatest season for untimely breakdowns. You don’t want to be stranded out in the cold and miss out on your Christmas dinner!
Here are some tips on how to get your car ready for Christmas:
- Check your antifreeze levels
- Check your tyres to ensure you have at least the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm. If you live in a harsh Winter part of the country, you may need Winter tyres.
- Check you have deicer, an ice scraper and a warm blanket readily available in your car
- Check your lights and wipers, and top up the oil and windscreen washer fluid
- Ensure your battery is in good condition and fully charged
- Pack a Winter breakdown kit. It should include items such as a torch, blanket, warm jumper, shovel, first aid kit, jump-start cables, mobile charger, high-visibility vest, reflective warning sign and some snacks
Of course it goes without saying that please make sure your MOT is up to date. You can pop into an MOT centre like Calmac Tyres Autocentre that offers VOSA approved MOT test services in Northampton. While you are there you can check out Stanwick Lakes as a lovely day out. Emmy’s Mummy say’s they’ve a great outdoor play area. A lake to walk around with statues etc to spot around the way, you can hire bikes and there is a soft play and cafe. You pay for parking but then don’t actually have to spend any money.
Please keep in mind these tips for getting your car ready for Christmas, I would hate for anyone to get stranded at this time of year.
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I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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