The days are getting longer and the temperature is slowly climbing, which can only mean one thing – spring is coming!
Now that the worst of the winter weather is behind us, it’s the perfect time to get on top of your car’s maintenance and prepare your vehicle for the warmer months ahead. Plus, with the summer holidays fast approaching, you’ll want to be ready for whatever you have planned. Here are our top car maintenance tips and must-have products to get your car ready for spring.
1. Tyre checks
As the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, your tyres affect handling, braking and acceleration – so it’s important to look after them!
Take the time to carry out a visual inspection of all your tyres, making sure there is no clear damage or bulges. The tread on each of them must legally be at least 1.6mm. If you’re unsure whether your tyres are safe, book our Free Tyre Check. At a time and store to suit you, one of our technicians will check tyre pressure, tread depth, and ensure your tyres are safe and legal.
We also stock an extensive range of tyres from the best premium and budget brands, so if your tyres need replacing, we’ve got you covered. We can also fit your tyres in any of our garages nationwide or we can come and fit them at your home or workplace through our Mobile Expert service.
2. Don’t fall foul of a flat battery
The colder months can be harsh on your battery, especially if you’re not doing as much long-distance driving as you would in the spring and summer. Avoid being stranded by a flat battery with our range of battery chargers, jump starters or jump leads.
If your battery is showing signs that it needs replacing, why not book our Free Battery Health Check for the peace of mind that everything is working. If your battery does need replacing, you can explore our range of batteries here.
3. Top up your fluids
This is a simple one but just as important – make sure your vehicle’s fluids are topped up. That includes engine oil, brake fluid, AdBlue & coolant, and screen wash. You can find all of these fluids over at Halfords.com.
For a helping hand, why not book a 10-Point Car Check? We’ll top up your screen wash and check your oil, AdBlue and coolant levels so you know that you’re ready for your spring adventures. Even better, it’s free with a Halfords Motoring Club Free Membership.
4. Are your bulbs bright?
The days may be longer and brighter, but your headlights and rear lights still matter.
Before going on any car journeys, make sure all the bulbs on your car are working, including brake lights and indicators. You should also ensure your bulb casings are clean as this could dim the light.
Remember, if you need to replace any of your bulbs, you shouldn’t simply replace them one at a time – you want consistent lighting when driving. That’s why we’d always recommend changing your bulbs in pairs. When you buy bulbs through Halfords, we can fit them e for you through our handy WeFit service.
5. Halfords car checks
Don’t want to do the above checks yourself? No problem!
Here at Halfords, we offer both a free 5-Point Car Check and a £15 10-Point Car Check. Covering most of the checks on this list, you can book in now to be safe in the knowledge that your car will be assessed by an expert technician.
6. Safely navigate your journeys
That’s the main car checks out of the way, now for some other items you may find useful for your future journeys – starting with a sat nav. With summer fast approaching, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about those future staycations and to get your routes planned.
Helping you efficiently navigate to your destination, whether it’s in the UK or Europe, the Garmin Camper 795 Sat Nav is a dependable choice. Specially designed for campers and cars with caravans, the sat nav has a high-resolution 7” touchscreen display and provides camper-specific road warnings, a database of campsites, voice-activated navigation, and live traffic updates when paired with the Garmin Drive app. Simply add in the details of your vehicle such as weight, height and length and the sat nav will ensure you only face camper-friendly roads suitable for your vehicle.
7. Dash cams
Travel with added peace of mind with the help of a dash cam. Recording the road as you drive, a dash cam will provide evidence should you be involved in a crash.
Take advantage of the Nextbase 522GW Front and Rear Dash Cam bundle and you’ll benefit from front and rear cameras, for all-around protection. With high-quality 1440p HD resolution recording, the 522GW will always capture the high-quality footage you need, all of which will be safely stored thanks to the 32GB SD card.
8. In-car entertainment
No one likes driving in silence, especially on long journeys. The solution? A car stereo of course.
Filling your car with your favourite music and keeping you entertained, car stereos have been a must-have for as long as we can remember. Luckily, technology has evolved in that time and you won’t be relying on cassettes. Instead, you can use the Sony XAV-AX8050D Car Stereo. With Apple Play, Android Auto and Bluetooth compatibility, you’ll have no problem loading up your favourite travel playlists ready for a good old sing-along.
9. Prepare for your camping holiday
We all love a foreign holiday, but the natural beauty of the UK is often tempting too, so if you’re opting for a camping trip this year, we’ve got you covered.
Before planning any staycation, make sure you’re well-prepared with the must-have camping essentials. From tents and sleeping bags to cooking equipment, you’ll find everything you need over at Halfords.com.
If you’re not sure what camping equipment you’ll need, don’t worry! We’ve put together our Top 10 camping must-haves blog to help.
10. Join the Halfords Motoring Club
And our final check – don’t miss out on the best value for all your motoring needs! Join the Halfords Motoring Club today to access a range of amazing benefits and discounts 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.
There you have it! Drive away those winter blues with the help of our spring motoring checklist. While these are the most important things to consider, you can find many other services and must-have motoring products over at Halfords.com.
You want your car to be in tip-top condition ready for spring. You want Halfords!