It's a good time to get your car winter ready before the mornings get really cold. I took my campervan to Halfords on the Bath Road a couple of days ago where a technician checked my lights, brakes, wheel bearings, tyre pressure and other safety points.
Luckily, the only points that were picked up were that I was low on coolant and needed a new bulb, cost to me just £10. In total, ATA trained technicians check these 15 safety points:
Are horns and lights working correctly?
Are brake drums, discs and pads corroded, scored or distorted?
To check if your suspension components has any signs of corrosion, leaks or wear?
Are the brake hydraulic system, hoses and pipes free of corrosion, chafing and leaks?
Do the wheel callipers/cylinders work properly? Are they leaking?
Does the brake servo work correctly?
Is the ABS warning light displaying?
Are handbrake linkages in good condition?
Do wheel bearings need replacing?
Are tyres in good condition? Is the pressure correct?
Have shock absorbers weakened?
Are there signs of wear, leaks or corrosion on the steering?
Do the gearbox and clutch work correctly?
Are propshaft/drive shaft gaiters and joints secured?
Is the exhaust system secure and leak-free? Is it making a noise?
This free Winter Safety Check is available to anyone and could save you a fortune in the long run, but booking is essential so get in quickly. If you're looking for more ways to save money check out my 10 ways to save £1,000 over the next year.