Whether you’re popping to your local shop for that last-minute food run or taking a longer drive to see the family on Christmas Day, you want to be safe in the knowledge that your car will get you where you need to be this winter. And here at Halfords, we’ve got everything you need to make that a reality.

WINTER CHECKS AND MAINTENANCE

The last thing you want is to turn the key and hear the engine splutter and die. Or feel a tyre go out beneath you on a snowy road. So, let’s start by looking after your car this Christmas.

Car checks

Our car checks are designed to help you stay safe on the road throughout the winter season by checking essential car components like tyres, batteries and wiper blades. We’ve got three main options to choose from, all of which can be booked online at a time and location that suits you:

  • Free 5-Point Winter Car Check: Safe, contactless and completely free. An experienced technician will review your car’s headlights and brake lights, the condition of your wiper blades, the health of your battery, the condition of your windscreen and your MOT due date.
  • 10-Point Winter Car Health Check: Safe, contactless and just £15. Our 10-point check is for drivers who are looking for a more thorough assessment. A technical will check the areas covered in the 5-point check, as well as your car’s tyre tread depth, tyre inflation level (and top it up), oil level, screen wash level (and top it up), and AdBlue and coolant levels.
  • 30-Point Car Inspection: Safe, contactless and just £29.99. This is our ultimate car check, which covers all of the main components of your car. It’s the ideal choice if your car hasn’t had a service for a while (particularly if it’s been sitting around during lockdown) and your MOT isn’t due.

MOT and service

If your MOT is due in the next few months, then why not bundle it in with a service? It’ll not only save you time but also money – up to £39.85. Think of all the mince pies and mulled wine that’ll buy (you’re welcome).

Again, we’ve got three options for you here depending on the level of service you’re after:

Simply book online or drop into your local Halfords autocentre to set up an appointment and get your car prepared for Christmas. We’ve got a number of procedures in place to keep you and our colleagues safe during all of our services – you can find out more here.

Mobile experts

If you’d prefer the comfort of an at-home visit or can’t get to one of our autocentres, then that’s okay – our mobile experts are here to help. Fully bookable online, our mobile services include tyre fitting, battery replacement and diagnostic checks, engine oil and fluid replacement, windscreen chip repair and more. The whole process is safe and contactless, and fittings are available 7 days a week between 8am and 8pm, at home or at work. It’s convenient, cost-effective and hassle-free.

PACKING LIST

Now that we’ve sorted the car, it’s time to sort its contents. There are a number of essentials we reckon you should have to hand during a winter journey for convenience and, most importantly, for safety.

Breakdown and safety essentials

These are the items we’ll never leave home without. The AA Breakdown & Emergency Kit contains all the important stuff you need if you break down while out and about, including a hazard warning triangle, booster cables, foot pump and weatherproof torch.

Add in the Halfords Rapid Digital Inflator for flat tyres and Halfords Advanced Lithium Jump Starter for flat batteries and you’ve given yourself the best chance to be able to get to the nearest garage rather than having to wait in the cold for your breakdown service to come to your rescue.

Another option is to take our Halfords Breakdown Cover – find out more here.

Winter weather essentials

We love the Halfords 5-Piece Winter Kit for being both simple and comprehensive at the same time. For just £10, you get de-icer, screen wash, a 2-in-1 pre-icer and de-icer, an ice scraper and a de-mister pad. Stick it in your car and you promise you won’t regret it (particularly when you’re faced with a snow- or ice- covered car).

You can go a step further to protect yourself from the winter weather with the Halfords Full Set Rubber Car Mats, Halfords Essential Seat Protectors (Non Airbag) and Halfords Complete Boot and Bumper Protector. The last one is particularly useful if you’ve got a soggy doggy joining you on your journey, or you’ve got the fun job of hauling a Christmas tree back home.

Tech essentials

Okay, so you might not need these so much if you’re just popping to the local shop, but we reckon they’re essentials for longer drives. The Nextbase 322GW Limited Edition Bundle not only gives you a high quality dash cam with a whole host of features, but also an SD card, carry case and polarising filter to reduce windscreen glare. We’ll even fit it for you for a small fee – just choose the option during the checkout process.

Then there’s the TomTom Go Basic 5” Sat Nav, which will help you to get you where you want to be through darkness, rain, sleet or snow. It’s simple to use and gives you everything you need to be able to stay focused on the road and get from A to B as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Storage essentials

Finally, storage. If you’ve squeezed your family into the car and you’re going to be spending a few days away in one of your Christmas bubbles, then you’ll need somewhere to store all your stuff during the drive (and Christmas prezzies. Okay, mostly Christmas prezzies).

Roof boxes are a great option as they give you free space outside of the car that you can fill to your heart’s content. There are loads of options available, so it should be easy to find one that suits your needs – and we can lend a hand when it comes to the fitting for a small fee.

Another option is the Trunki Una the Unicorn Ride-on Suitcase. Yeah, we know, this one will need to join you in the car so it doesn’t exactly create extra storage space, but it’s just so darn adorable that we couldn’t not include it. Plus, it’ll win you some major brownie points with the kids.


We all know that Christmas is going to be a bit different this year, but it’s still important to look after the basics and make sure your car’s there when you need it (and it’s packed with all the essential kit).

Good luck on your journeys and stay safe out there! And remember, if you want to keep moving this winter, you want Halfords.