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Get your car back to school ready

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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...

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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.

Tread carefully

Tyres are the only part of your car in contact with the road, so it's important to check them regularly.
The legal tyre tread limit in the UK is 1.6mm, but even partly worn tyres can significantly impact stopping distances, particularly in wet and wintery conditions. We recommend changing your tyres at around 2mm to ensure safe braking and handling at speed.
On carpool duty? Some manufacturers suggest different pressures depending on your car's load. If you're the designated driver, make sure your tyres are sufficiently pumped up for the added weight of extra passengers and school kit.
If you'd like extra help, book a Free Tyre Check at Halfords Autocentres. Our highly skilled technicians will carry out a thorough inspection of your tyres, free of charge.

Top up

Getting stuck in traffic can put added strain on your engine - not to mention on you and your passengers - especially in extreme weather. Your car needs the right oil and coolant to function safely in hot and cold temperatures, so don't leave your levels to chance.
Be sure to check your oil, coolant, screenwash and brake fluid before the back-to-school rush.

Switch on

Driving with a bulb out is not only dangerous but illegal too. To check yours, make sure the car's handbrake is applied while stationary and then turn all of your car lights on, including headlights, brake lights, fog lights and indicators. Walk around your vehicle to ensure all lights are working properly, or use a reflective surface to check.
Light out? Don't worry - we can change your broken bulb for you while you wait. Just call your local autocentre to book.

See clearly

Do your wiper blades squeak or smear? It might time for a new pair. At Halfords Autocentres, we offer wiper blade fitting, as well as a clever windscreen treatment that keeps your windows rain-free while driving at speed. Find out more about Duxback.

Be prepared

The clocks go back next month, so get ready to wrap up warm and enjoy the change in seasons. It also means icy mornings, dark nights and lots of slippery leaves on the roads. We suggest stocking up early on safety essentials and storing them in your boot in case of an accident or breakdown. Pack jump leads, a torch, a warning triangle, batteries, an ice-scraper and warm clothing, and some snacks with a long shelf life, too.

Know your car

Take the time to understand your car, and introduce the car to your little ones too. Show them where the safety equipment, spare tyre and owner's manual are all kept, as you never know when you might need them!

At Halfords Autocentres, we offer a Free 15-point Safety Check to keep you safe on the roads. Our expert technicians will check your lights, brakes, wheels and tyres, as well as key mechanical components such as your clutch, gearbox and exhaust system.

Book a Free Safety Check