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7 ways to improve your fuel consumption today

Spend less money at the pump by following these quick and easy fuel efficiency tips.

Posted by: Halfords Autocentres; Date: 16/09/2017
7 ways to improve your fuel consumption today

Buying a more fuel efficient car might seem like the best option to cut your fuel bill, but better mileage isn't always guaranteed. There're a number of relatively cheap things you can do at home to drastically improve your MPG, without the costly outlay of buying a new car. Try these tips and tricks to improve your fuel consumption today.

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Back To School

In the back-to-school rush of pens, pencils, calculators, uniforms and books, car maintenance is often overlooked until it's too late. Get ready for a seamless return to school by following these simple guidelines.

Posted by: Halfords Autocentres; Date: 06/09/2017
Back To School

Tyres are the only part of your car in contact with the road, so it's important to check them regularly.

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How to pass your MOT

Worried your car will fail its MOT? Carry out these simple checks before your test to maximise your chance of passing first time.

Posted by: Halfords Autocentres; Date: 28/06/2017
How to pass your MOT

Did you know that 40% of cars fail their MOT first time?*

The annual MOT test covers a number of your car's key components, and every car over three years old must pass it to comply with UK law. Before you book your test, however, there are a few checks you can carry out at home to maximise your chance of passing first time.

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How to diagnose suspension problems

It can be tricky to spot vehicle suspension problems, however there are some things you can watch out for.

Posted by: Halfords Autocentres; Date: 19/06/2017

You're able to enjoy a comfortable and stable ride thanks to your car's suspension system - it absorbs the lumps and bumps found in every road surface, and allows you to accelerate, brake and corner safely.

As these parts wear out over time, you may notice that the ride is rougher than usual. A worn suspension system can affect your stopping distance by up to 20%, so it's really important to get any problems checked out as soon as possible.

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Winner of Peugeot 308 GTi announced

Last month, we offered Halfords Autocentres customers the chance to win a brand new Peugeot 308 GTi worth £28,500, with a free three-year Halfords Service Plan.

Posted by: Halfords Autocentres; Date: 30/05/2017

The prize draw closed on 30th April 2017, and we are thrilled to announce that Amy Pascoe, a customer at the Downend Road centre in the Kingswood area of Bristol, is the lucky winner of the top of the range Peugeot.

Commenting on the win, Amy said: "It was fantastic to hear that I had won the car, I did not quite believe it at first."

"I went in for some work on my car and never expected to win such an amazing prize! Thanks very much Halfords Autocentres."

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Six steps to safe summer driving

Keep safe on the roads and save money at the pump this summer with these simple car care tips.

Posted by: Halfords Autocentres; Date: 20/05/2017

1. Prepare your tyres

Planning a UK break this summer? If you're hoping to take the car, you'll need to prepare your tyres before you hit the road.

The easiest thing to check is your tyre pressure. Driving at high speeds generates more heat, and travelling with a heavier load on hot tarmac can pose a serious risk if your tyres are inflated incorrectly.

Wet roads can be just as dangerous for unsafe tyres - low tread means less grip on slippery surfaces. For peace of mind, book a Free Tyre Check with Halfords Autocentres today.

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Five of the best UK breaks by car

Planning a UK break this summer? Take inspiration from our favourites below...

Posted by: Halfords Autocentres; Date: 17/05/2017
Tropical vegetation at the Eden Project, Cornwall

Spring Bank Holiday is just around the corner. Leave your passport at home, skip the airport queues and be sure to pack both your sunnies and raincoat - we've listed our top UK holiday destinations for 2017.

5. Cornwall

A firm family favourite, Cornwall's picturesque landscapes and breathtaking beaches are one of the safest bets for a relaxing UK break.

Whether you want to surf in Polzeath, discover tropical climes at The Eden Project, or stroll along the stunning coastline at St Ives, Cornwall has something for all ages and budgets.

Our top pick

Porthcurno, West Cornwall. Virtually untouched, this quiet coastal village and secluded beach is paradise for couples, or those seeking a quiet break. Leave the car at the campsite and enjoy a short walk along the cliffs to the world-famous open-air Minack Theatre.

How much does it cost?

Average campsite pitch: around 25 per night

Mid-range hotel: 150 per night

(Peak season)

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Car dashboard lights - what do they mean?

Take the guesswork out of car maintenance with our complete guide to the lights on your car's dashboard.

Posted by: Halfords Autocentres; Date: 17/05/2017

Ever wondered what those lights on your dashboard mean?

Modern cars are equipped with all sorts of electronics and sensors to help you quickly identify problems with your car. But, with advancements in car technology, there are now more warning lights than ever - working out what they all mean can be tricky.

Some are obvious while others are not. Take the guesswork out of car maintenance with our complete guide to the lights on your car's dashboard.

Note: Not all warning lights are universal. Always check your car's manual if you're not 100% sure.

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BTCC Donington: Halfords Autocentres Technician joins race team

Halfords Autocentres Technician Will Elliott joined the Yuasa British Touring Car Competition (BTCC) race team at Donington Park on 15th - 16th April, for the second race of the season.

Posted by: Halfords Autocentres; Date: 12/05/2017

Race recap

Twenty-year-old Mercedes driver Aiden Moffat battled to his first BTCC race victory in a frenetic opening race.

Honda's Matt Neal and Handy Motorsport's Austin were close behind, completing the podium.

Despite some wet and windy conditions, Gordon Shedden flew to a comfortable victory ahead of Colin Turkington and Adam Morgan, but was soon disqualified due to a failed height test, in part down to the damage sustained at the start of the race.

Despite the damage, Will was on hand to support Mechanics One and Two with the preparation and upkeep of Gordon's number 52 Honda throughout the day.

Commenting on the day's events, Will said: ''What a weekend it has been, the real highs and lows of motorsport. I've had a blast. All the boys in the team have been great to work alongside and I'm learning a lot. The team has made me feel right at home from the start.''

Find out more about Halfords' BTCC sponsorship.

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