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Looking After your Car: Top Tips from our Industry Experts

John Skelding is a lecturer in the Motor Vehicle department and has a wealth of experience in vehicle maintenance. He shared his top tips with us when it comes to making sure your car is as safe as possible.


  • Check your tyre pressures weekly.
  • Always make sure that your tyre treads are legal requirement (1.5mm).
  • Carry a spare tyre - if you don't have one, make sure you have a tyre inflator and double check you have a security locking nut, jack and spanner to undo your wheels.


  • Check that all your lights are working weekly. This includes headlights, tail lights, brake lights, hazard lights, fog lights and indicators.
  • Make sure your lights and number plate are free of dirt - this is a legal requirement!
  • Never drive your car if your lights are not working correctly.



  • Make sure you check and clean your windscreen wipers and check your washer fluid weekly.
  • Use additive in windscreen washer fluid to prevent it from freezing in colder temperatures.


  • Regularly check that your seatbelts are working properly.
  • Never drive if your passengers are not wearing a seatbelt.

Oil and Fuel

  • Use a dipstick to check your engine oil and cooling water weekly.
  • Only use your car manufacturers recommended grade of engine oil.
  • Check the rubber o-ring in your fuel filler cap is still intact and suitable.
  • Don't forget to re-fix your fuel filler cap after filling up at the petrol station to avoid leaks.

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