Wherever you’re heading on your Easter holidays this year, there are certain steps that you’ll probably want to take to make sure that your car is ready and waiting when it’s time for you to hop behind the wheel.
Here’s a quick countdown of five key areas that we’d recommend keeping an eye on ahead of your travels this Easter.
It can sometimes be a bit of a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for our oil levels. But as engine oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine, it’s really important to stay on top of your oil levels or you could risk costly repairs further down the line.
The good news is that checking your oil is a quick and easy process, and one that anyone can do. Have a read of our article on How to check your engine oil for guidance if you’re not sure where to start.
If you do find your oil needs topping up, then we offer a wide selection of the best oils and you can enter your vehicle registration number to find the right match for your vehicle. Our engine oil buyer’s guide also has some great advice and top tips if you’re looking for more information.
As the weather gets warmer, you want to be safe in the knowledge that your air conditioning will be there when you need it. That’s where staying on top of your AC maintenance comes in.
We can help here, thanks to our Free Air Con Check which is available at all Halfords stores. The check takes just 15 minutes and during that time we’ll assess the pressure of your AC, your gas quantity and your refrigerant levels.
If a top-up is required, you can either pick up what you need to recharge your AC yourself from within the store or take advantage of our air con recharge service.
Tread depth, pressure and general condition are three key areas to watch out for when it comes to your tyres, particularly when you’re about to set off on a long journey.
The minimum legal tread depth for tyres is 1.6mm, so you’ll want to make sure that yours meet this level. While you may have heard that using the 20p trick is a good way of judging tread depth, we’d always recommend using a more precise measuring method like a tyre tread gauge as it’ll give you a more accurate reading.
A tyre pressure gauge will ensure that your tyres are inflated to the perfect level, making handling easier. Your vehicle’s handbook should include the optimum pressure settings for your particular vehicle.
In terms of general condition, be on the look out for any cuts, splits and nicks in your tyres, as well as any glass, nails or screws that might have become imbedded in the rubber and could cause a puncture in the future.
If you’d like a second opinion on your tyres, then why not book in for our Free Tyre Check? The service is available at any Halfords garage and our expert technicians will check all of the points listed above for you for free.
No one wants to have to contend with a messy windscreen and reduced visibility when they’re out on a long journey, so checking your screenwash level beforehand and making sure that it’s topped up is high on our list of recommendations.
You can choose between ready-to-use and concentrate, as well as various scents that will keep your windscreen clear and smelling fresh throughout your travels.
The condition of your windscreen is just as important as being able to keep it clear. Check for any chips or cracks before you head out this Easter as these could get worse over the course of a long journey.
Our Windscreen Chip Repair service is on-hand if you do come across any issues that need attention. You can book the service online and appointments are available both instore and via our Halfords Mobile Experts.
To find out more about how the service works and what’s involved, have a read of our recent blog article on the topic.
Introducing the Halfords Motoring Club
Join the Halfords Motoring Club today to access a range of amazing benefits and discounts that are designed to keep you moving, keep you safe and keep you saving.
It’s free to join and you’ll receive money off your MOT, a free car health check and a welcome voucher that can be spent on any Halfords product or service.
Or choose our Premium membership for a small monthly fee (or a one-off payment) to unlock exclusive member pricing on all motoring products and services online and across our stores, garages and Halfords Mobile Experts, as well as a variety of other benefits that will help you to keep moving for less.
With so much to enjoy, this is too good an opportunity to miss!
Join the Halfords Motoring Club today at www.halfords.com/motoring-club.
We hope you have a great time on your Easter holidays this year! If you’re heading out on staycation then be sure to check out our staycation and camping essentials, and for all motoring and cycling needs, simply visit Halfords.com.