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Get your car ready this Christmas with Wash Doctors

8 essential car checks you can do yourself before you set off on a long journey.

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Christmas is only a week away and we can already hear the sound of rustling wrapper paper and carols being sung in the car. There are all those extra shopping excursions and visits to relatives, and so this is the time of the year we tend to do a bit more driving than usual.

Whether it’s long trips to your family or shorter trips to shopping malls; car journeys in winter require a little more preparation. The last thing you need when you hit the road is to have your car breakdown because you neglected to give it a thorough check beforehand. To help avoid these problems, follow these simple steps to ensure your vehicle stays healthy over Christmas.

Prepare your car for the long journey

Frosty temperatures and poor weather means breakdowns can double throughout the winter. Not only can cold weather take its toll under the bonnet, but poor conditions can make driving hazardous if your car is not well maintained.  We want to help make sure your car is winter-proof and so follow these 8 simple steps:

Get your car serviced

First things first and let's face it, we all have priorities, but if your car is due for a service, the worst thing you can do is avoid it. The second is to do it on your own. Here are some simple car maintenance checks. 

1. Engine Oil Check

Oil is the vital part of your engine, if not looked after properly, it could cause major engine damage. Use your dipstick to check the oil levels before you set off on your journey. Top up if your levels are low or if the oil is really dirty, change the oil altogether. Use your car manual to locate the correct oil for your car. Here’s your simple guide on how to top up your car fluids.

2. Antifreeze/ Coolant

Coolant is as crucial to your engine as engine oil, as it keeps it it from overheating. It’s vital that you check the coolant level regularly. In winter it’s especially important to use antifreeze as it will stop the liquid in the radiator from turning to ice. 

Pro Tip - Keep ready-mixed coolant in your boot for when you need to top it up.

3. Battery Check