With summer quickly approaching, it is essential that your vehicle is in tip top condition. Maybe you’ll be taking a trip to the coast, or even visiting distant relatives. Wouldn’t it be an inconvenience if you broke down?

What should I look out for?

Firstly, you must ensure your vehicle has perfectly working brakes, and tyres with enough tread (minimum depth of 1.6mm). It is also important that your car has recently been serviced and holds an up to date MOT certificate. With the summer heat, you’re most likely going to need to use your air conditioning! It is advised that your vehicle’s Air Conditioning has cleaning treatment, annually. The professional way to clean your air conditioning is by ultrasonic vaporisation ‘Airco Clean’ treatment. Finally, before taking a long trip you must check all fluid levels. This includes: brake fluids, oil, coolants and screen wash. Keeping an eye on these vital fluids and maintaining them at healthy levels will increase driving performance and help to reduce maintenance costs.


Brakes are the most important safety-critical system fitted to your vehicle, and is imperative they are always in working condition. Here’s a few symptoms of faulty brakes:

  • Brake warning light
  • ABS warning light
  • Brakes feel hard or too spongy
  • Unusual noises when braking
  • Loss of brake fluid

Tyres & Wheel Alignment

Did you know the law requires tyres to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm? This should be in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. You can check this yourself, but our reliable team at Birway are always happy to help check your vehicle over.

Wheel Alignment is equally as important, it’s the process of ensuring your vehicle’s wheels are set to their optimum position. Incorrect alignment can result in your tyres rapidly wearing and can even affect the way your vehicle handles.

For example, if your wheels are straight but your steering wheel is slightly to the left or right, then your alignment is probably out of position. This can result in your wheels turning a different way to which you wanted, which has the potential to be very dangerous.

The benefits of Airco Clean treatment

You would be disgusted if you could see all the fungi and bacteria that’s hiding in your air conditioning system. This is why we can provide you with the ‘Airco Clean’ treatment. It ensures your air conditioning system is disinfected, with neutralised microbes, fungi and bacteria.

This reduces flu like symptoms and car sickness syndrome that is caused by the bacteria spread around the vehicle.

Why should you service your car?

Servicing your car means you’re identifying your vehicle’s potential problems before they’ve even happened yet. All major components are checked and replaced if necessary, such as your braking system, your suspension, and all fluid levels.

In the long run, it can also save you money. If you’re getting your car checked regularly, you’re replacing broken parts or potential risks. This means you’re preventing your vehicle from breaking down and costing a lot more money than expected.

At Birway, we provide garage services including Vehicle Maintenance & Repairs, MOT’s, Tyres & Wheel Alignment, Brake Repair & Replacement and Air Conditioning Services. Keeping your vehicle in the best condition & running smoothly this summer.