Drivers' hearts can sink at any sight of frost when they're preparing to set off for work in the morning and, aside from the hassle of having to scrape the windscreen, the cold weather can have other knock-on effects on their cars.
So drivers might be glad to know that Halfords is offering motorists a free five-point check on their vehicles to help keep them mobile over this winter.
While Newcastle and the wider region has escaped the worst of recent bad weather, the cold has certainly set in and with several more weeks of winter to come, the car-part retailer reckons now is the time to carry out the complimentary service.
Its checks, available at Halfords and Halfords Autocentres, cover five areas of the car and these are:
The check-over also includes an MOT due date reminder. The offer is free, with no obligation to buy anything.
Also available for those who want it is a 10-point car check for £15 which includes all of the above plus checks and top-ups of tyre tread and inflation; oil level; screenwash and Ad Blue - exhaust treatment - and coolant.
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