I have a confession. Something I’m incredibly embarrassed to admit.

Earlier this year there was an issue with my car. I rang the garage to book an appointment and when they checked my records they informed me that I was overdue for my MOT and service.

By quite a few months. I don’t know how it happened. I knew the month it was due, but somehow it came and passed and I missed it. There was no reminder from the garage (they don’t send them out anymore apparently), but I know that’s no excuse. I dropped the ball big style and I had to pay the price.

The price being a huge four figure bill from the garage for all the work that needed done to my car. However, it could have been so much worse had my car problems led to an accident.

So when I was asked by DAT Tyres to collaborate on a post about car servicing, I knew it was time to come clean.

Why get your car serviced?

  • Safety first – servicing makes sure that your car is road-worthy. Even if you don’t think there is anything wrong with your vehicle, servicing can pick up on potential problems and wear and tear to make sure your car stays safe and reliable. If you are not sure where to go, you can get a free quote for car servicing in Hertfordshire & other areas by booking your appointment online at DAT Tyres. 
  • It can make your car more efficient – making sure your oil and air filters are working properly (or replacing them if necessary) and your tyres are correctly inflated can not only make your car safer, but run more efficiently and save money on fuel.
  • It can prolong the life of your car and give you more mileage in the long run.
  • Or, if you decide to sell it on, a regular service history could make your car more attractive to buyers.
  • And, as I can verify, it can be very costly to pay for repairs – and very frustrating if those repair costs could have been avoided. For example, running low on oil or running on dirty oil can cause significant engine problems. Servicing can avoid some problems from occurring in the first place, or pick up on others early.

What else can you do to keep your car running safely?

  • Regularly check your tyre pressure and tread (Okay, I get my husband to do this – if you’re reading this, thanks by the way) as under-inflated tyres or inadequate tread can increase breaking distance, affect steering and increase fuel consumption.
  • Check your screenwash is topped up, so you can make sure your windows are clean and visibility isn’t reduced. I find regularly driving on country roads and through areas where there are lots of road works means my windows get very dirty.
  • Keep your headlights clean and make sure the bulbs are in good working order – not only is it illegal to drive with a broken bulb, you don’t want to be stuck driving home in the dark without being able to see clearly.

*This post is a collaboration with DAT Tyres.*

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