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6th August 2018

Understanding the importance of tyre tread depth, and how to check yours, will help keep you safer Minimum tyre tread depth UK Take a look at these numbers. In 2016 there were 37.1 million vehicles licensed for use on UK roads, with 1.87 billion car miles driven. During this period there were just under 180,000 road casualties, and of these 1,792 were fatalities – representing the highest leve...

5th March 2021

The brake fluid in a car is vital to the smooth use of any brake system – without it, the brakes would cease to function. As a driver, checking and topping up brake fluid is your responsibility and not doing so could risk the life of not only yourself, but any passengers in your car. Read our helpful tip on how to top up brake fluid, how to check it and the warning signs that might occur when the...

24th February 2021

Electric cars operate by plugging into a charging point, and receiving electricity from the grid. This electricity is then stored in rechargeable batteries which powers the electric motor of the vehicle – and allows the vehicle’s wheels to move. Initially, electric vehicle batteries were made of the lead-acid variety, but now, modern day electric cars use lithium-ion batteries – which are able to...

18th February 2021

What is engine coolant, and how does it work in your vehicle? Our guide to engine coolant has you covered, detailing the difference between antifreeze and coolant, as well as the benefits engine coolant can have for your vehicle in the colder months. Is antifreeze the same as coolant? Yes – antifreeze, also known as engine coolant, is one of the vital components needed for your vehicle to run ef...

18th February 2021

Oil is vital to the smooth running of your car engine hence why checking your oil level regularly and knowing how to do this is so important. Car oil lubricates your engine, reducing friction and heat which causes wear and tear. However, the friction and heat can cause your oil to degrade over time so we must check our oil regularly! Checking your oil level In order to check your car’s oil level...

21st January 2021

Legally, all cars older than 3 years are required to have an annual MOT to check for faults and functionality. However, some classic cars and other historical vehicles are exempt from MOTs if they fit certain criteria. By the end of this guide, you should know everything you need to about classic car MOTs. Criteria - Does my historic vehicle need an MOT? All historical vehicles, including cars,...

19th January 2021

Driving on the motorway for the first time? Or perhaps you’re wanting to improve your confidence driving on the motorway? Our detailed guide of motorway driving tips has you covered. Joining or leaving the motorway Often, the most daunting thought of motorway driving is joining or leaving the motorway, as well as knowing how to overtake safety and correctly. That’s why we’ve put together some to...

14th January 2021

Throughout their driving lifetime, many drivers may experience anxiety. This can be for a range of reasons – such as if you are new to driving, whether you’ve been involved in an accident or you’re just not confident in your driving skills. This fear is quite normal and the worst thing you can do is berate yourself for it. Our handy guide will offer you some insight into why you might feel this wa...

14th January 2021

Is an MOT and service the same thing? Simply put, no – there is a distinct difference between an MOT and a car service. Although the two are similar in some aspects, and often people are unsure on the difference between the two, the main difference lies in the purpose of the checks, and the guidelines which the checks are marked against. What is an MOT? An MOT is an annual test which is a requi...

5th January 2021

All branches are open as normal Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and Saturday 8:30am – 5pm (except Wantage, Southfields, Bookham and Hook). Visit our locations page to find your nearest branch. As things continue to develop, we will continue to issue updates both on our website and our social media channels. In the meantime if you have any queries please email us at contact@merityre.co.uk Thank you...