Preparing for the return of the school term can be quite the headache (and relief) for most parents. The annual increase in traffic and deviations on commutes to drop the kids off results in longer journeys across the nation.
However, following the pandemic there is the wonder of whether the levels of traffic we experienced pre-lockdown will ever return. The truth is, only time will tell, but what we can be certain of is that the return of the school year means that nights are starting to draw in and yes, winter is coming.
For now, we’re not here to discuss winter. We’re here to discuss a theme that has become apparent this summer with vehicle owners. The rapid increase in staycations taken by the UK population has meant that your vehicle has been used more than ever before over the summer months. Which in turn, means that you could be ready for a service sooner than you originally would be.
The miles covered aren’t just added to the clock either, they’re added to your tyres which could be due for replacement. The legal limit of tyre tread is a minimum of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three-quarters of the tyre. However, we would recommend your tyres are changed at a depth of 3mm, this helps to ensure that you never break the law and to maintain a good level of safety on your vehicle.
In addition, with the increase in usage of your vehicle over the warmer months, there has been a surge in those looking for their air-con to be re-gassed and filters cleaned. Something that may still be useful with the always-anticipated Autumn heatwave.
All of this, on top of a steady return back to the office and more commuting hours, means that your service may be due a couple of months prior, or after, your MOT, depending on usage. For efficiency, you may wish to align these to the same date to save a double trip to your local dealership. To help you with the cost of both a service sooner than anticipated and an MOT, we are offering 50% off your MOT when booking a Ford Scheduled Service with TC Harrison Ford.