With the summer holidays ending, many parents are busy preparing their children for a new academic year, purchasing uniforms, stationery and sports kit.
One area that’s often overlooked is the family car, despite the daily demands of the school run. In response, the Good Garage Scheme is encouraging motorists to get their cars professionally checked as term begins.
Good Garage Scheme workshops across the UK can offer motorists peace of mind by providing an expert assessment of vehicle condition. All essential areas of the car should be examined – including the condition and level of the coolant and engine oil, the tyres, wiper blades, windscreen and lights in readiness for the wet and cold months ahead.
Not doing so can increase the risks of collision, especially if low tyre pressures make it hard to maintain grip in wet conditions. Being able to see and be seen is also important as the days start to get shorter, making it essential to inspect all bulbs, as well the operation of heaters and windscreen washers.
Getting their car serviced at a Good Garage Scheme workshop also helps drivers make the most of the money they spend on fuel. Good Garage Scheme member garages can help motorists cut their fuel bills by as much as 14 per cent by cleaning and lubricating the entire fuel system to improve engine efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.
Dave Norton, the Good Garage Scheme’s Technical Manager, comments: “The family car, which typically acts as the workhorse for the daily school run, is often overlooked in the excitement and anticipation that surrounds the new academic year. Arranging a vehicle check with a Good Garage Scheme member will put parents’ minds at ease and ensure their vehicles are safe and reliable for the term ahead.”
Motorists looking to find a local Good Garage Scheme member offering a vehicle check can visit the website using the ‘More Details’ button below where iPhone and Android apps are available to make it even easier to find a garage anywhere in the UK.