Free winter safety check
Avoid breakdowns and keep your car running smoothly with our free winter safety check
Your car performs at its best when it is well maintained but it can be tricky juggling your busy lifestyle with looking after your car as well. Some of the most common causes of vehicle breakdowns involve damaged tyres and dead batteries but these can be easily avoided with a regular inspection of these elements and other key components on your vehicle. If you don’t have the time or you don’t know what to look for when checking over your vehicle, we’re here to help.
To give you one less thing to worry about, pop in to your local Kwik Fit centre and our trained technicians will carry out a free vehicle safety check on your car and get you ready for the road.
Book your free winter safety check
To book your free winter safety check at your local centre, enter your vehicle registration number below.
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 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 make sure your car starts in the mornings
- 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 should be replaced to avoid being pulled over by the police
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 and bringing your vehicle to a stop when you need to brake and stop quickly. Worn tyres will have a negative affect on your stopping distance and damaged tyres could result in a blow out. Part of our free vehicle safety check will include an inspection of your tyres overall condition, tread depth and tyre pressure.
Battery failure is possible at any time of year if it's charging power is drained and it no longer has the power necessary to turn over the starter motor. The increased number of electrical components inside the car such as phone charges as well as using heating and lights put additional strain on the battery.In addition, batteries naturally lose their charging capability over time so It's best to get this checked out before you find your vehicle won't start in the morning.
Your engine’s coolant level should be checked regularly to avoid causing serious damage to your engine. Coolant and antifreeze is actually the same thing and provides the dual purpose of ensuring liquids do not freeze and crack the radiator in winter, while also making sure the radiator does not overheat in the summer.
Wiper blades, windscreen system and screen wash levels
The UK weather can be changeable at best, so even in summer months it pays to ensure your windscreen wipers are functioning properly. Our free safety check includes inspecting your wiper blades to ensure they are free of splits and damage. We will also check the operation of your windscreen wash system and top up your screen wash if necessary.
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 we'll check to ensure all of these are functioning correctly.