Free winter safety check
Get your car winter ready with a free winter safety check
Of all the seasons, winter requires the most care and preparation to ensure you and your family stay safe on the roads. Breakdowns are more common and potentially more dangerous during the winter months than at any other time of the year. So it is particularly important to be prepared for the cold spells and difficult road conditions that can arise, especially when snow and ice are about.
To give you one less thing to worry about this winter, pop in to your local Kwik Fit centre and our trained technicians will carry out a free winter safety check on your car and get you winter ready.
Book your free Winter Safety Check
To book your free winter safety check online, enter your vehicle registration number below.
If you are concerned about the performance of your brakes or would like them checked before going on a long journey please book an appointment online and our expert brake technicians will complete a free, no-obligation brake inspection. After the inspection we will provide you with a written brake report and a quote for any work which is required.
Please note: we are currently unable to complete free winter safety checks on hybrid/electric vehicles.
What is included within our free winter safety check?
To keep you moving this winter we’ll check your car's:
- Tyres - We will check the overall condition of your tyres including the tread depth and pressure
- Battery – We will test the batteries charge to ensure you keep moving this winter
- Coolant / Anti-freeze – We will check the strength and levels
- Wiper blades for splits or damage
- Operation of the windscreen wash system and the level of screen wash and top this up if necessary
- Light bulbs – faulty or broken bulbs are illegal
- TPMS – inspected to ensure correct operation
Once your check has been completed our trained technicians will discuss the report with you and provide help and guidance if any elements do not meet the safety requirements.
Why do we check these areas?
Tyres are essential in keeping you safe on the roads especially during the winter months with the risk of snow and ice. Part of our free winter safety check will include an inspection of your tyres overall condition, tread depth and pressure.
Battery failure is more common in the winter months for a number of reasons. The colder the temperature gets, the slower the chemical reactions within the battery hence reduced performance. During the winter we naturally use more electrical components such as heating and lights which place additional demands on the battery.
Your engine’s coolant level should be checked regularly to avoid causing serious damage to your engine. During the winter months, it is essential to check your anti-freeze levels as water alone can freeze rendering your coolant system useless.
Wiper blades, windscreen system and screen wash levels
Shorter days and bad weather mean that visibility on the road is even more important. Therefore part of our free safety check includes inspecting your wiper blades to ensure they are free of splits and damage. We also check the operation of your windscreen wash system and top up your screen wash.
Ensuring your vehicle’s lights are working correctly is critical for your own safety and other road users as it allows you to be able to see and help others to see you. Having a faulty or damaged bulb is illegal so make sure you check these on a regular basis.
Your tyre pressure monitoring system will inform you if any of your tyres suddenly lose air pressure. A TPMS warning light on your dashboard may indicate a problem with one or more of the sensors located in your tyres and is also an automatic MOT fail.