A COUNTY garage has shared its top tips for getting your car back on the road after lockdown.
Exhausts Tires and Batteries (ETB), which has branches in Worcester and Malvern has compiled a list of tests motorists can carry out to ensure their vehicle is in the best condition:
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Tyres: Try the 20p test – Ideally, your tyre tread depth should be checked at least once a month at the same time that you check your tyre pressure. Insert a 20p coin into the main tyre grooves at several places around the circumference of the tyre and across its width. If the outer band of the 20p coin is visible whenever you check the tread, your tread depth may be illegal and you should have them checked by a specialist.
Lights: To make sure that all your lights are working, clean and bright, ask someone to have a look, as it only takes a moment.
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Fuel system and general leaks: Check your fuel cap is secure and inspect under the vehicle for any tell-tail fluid leaks which form beneath your car when parked.
Brakes: When checking your brakes, just look, listen and feel. Always inspect your brakes when they are cold and allow at least an hour after your journey’s end.
Windscreen and wipers: Run your finger along the windscreen wiper blades to make sure they are not split and are secure, also, check washers to make sure they hit the screen and the wipers are generally functioning correctly.
Engine oil and other fluids: Your manufacturer handbook is the best place to start here, as it will tell you what to look for in terms of washer, oil and coolant levels
Car battery: Where possible, take your vehicle out once a week for an essential journey. If this is not possible then you may need to acquire a battery charger and follow the instructions for keeping your battery charged. A lot of motorists worry about their battery going flat, but it shouldn’t be a common issue to worry about. In simple terms, running the engine keeps your car battery topped up and healthy.
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