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Pre-holiday vehicle checks  

A recent survey by Venson Automotive Solutions reveals that 60% of motorists in the UK are planning a staycation using their privately owned or company car.  

Less than half of these drivers plan to book their car in for a service to ensure the vehicle is road-trip ready. Just 15% of the survey’s respondents plan to carry out a “DIY” health check.     

Of the respondents who said they will not be using their vehicle for a staycation,16% plan to use public transport, 9% will hire a car and 4% will borrow a car from a friend or member of family. 1 in 10 of those not taking their vehicle on a staycation said it was because they drive a company car and their employer wouldn’t allow them to use the vehicle in this way. 45% said they won’t be going on holiday at all. 

The motor industry has faced many of challenges since the pandemic started, from its complete overnight shutdown during the first lockdown, to strict restrictions around reopening, followed by the ongoing shortage of spare parts and new vehicles.    

For those who do not need an MOT before staycationing, Venson has made a list of vehicle health checks that can be performed at home.  

Must do vehicle health checks:  

  • Oil level  
  • Screen wash level and wiper condition  
  • All lights – headlights and rear lights, brake and fog lights, those illuminating the registration plates and all indicator bulbs must be fully functioning  
  • Tyre condition and tread depth – look for cracks and bulges, and check tread on every tyre is a minimum of 1.3mm deep – or the recommended 3mm in winter  
  • Fuel level  
  • Tyre pressure  

Other checks and maintenance:  

  • Engine coolant – mainly for older cars without sealed units, but double check the level is correct  
  • Battery – check terminals are clean and connections are tight  
  • Engine air filter – should be replaced at regular intervals, check your manual and service history  
  • Spark plugs – need replacing every 30,000 miles and can be replaced at home if you have the right tools  

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