With the amount of faffing that goes into buying a car, you’d think that would be the worst problem you’d ever have to deal with as a driver… Unfortunately, that isn’t quite the case.
If you’re looking for top tips on how to keep your car safe, read on to learn about the simple precautions you can implement to take better care of your vehicle.
Tip 1 – Remember to remove valuables
Okay, we know this sounds like an obvious one, but maybe you’ve got out of the habit of removing your valuables from your car when it’s just been sat on your drive? The main reason for car break ins and thefts is because valuables are visible. So before heading out, just give it a good clear out! If you must keep expensive items in the car, ensure they are put in the boot with the parcel shelf attached, or store them in the glove compartment.
Tip 2 – Be aware that keyless car theft is on the rise
Nowadays, new vehicles are now fitted with keyless entry, which is a great convenience for owners, but unfortunately, it’s also an advantage to thieves.
Sorry Range Rover Sport owners, but a study by Tracker has shown this was the most commonly stolen car in 2020.
Keyless car theft is done by hacking into the technology of the key fob and transferring the signal across to another. Sounds like very technical stuff, but these thieves are smart nowadays. So just keep your keyfob safe!
Tip 3 – Think about where you’re leaving your car, especially overnight
Exploring a new city this year? Make sure you do your research into parking locations, as this can really make a difference to the safety of your car.
When searching for parking, particularly overnight, make sure you’ve considered the following:
- Is the car park well lit?
- Does it use CCTV?
- Is it well maintained with marked out parking bays?
- Is the car park used by a lot of drivers?
- Is there limited access e.g. need a pin or ticket to enter?
There are also websites you can use to arrange parking in people’s private drives as this can sometimes feel safer (and in some cases is much cheaper).
Tip 4 – Consider buying a dashcam
Not only are you thinking about your safety but also the safety of others if you have a dashcam fitted. They will not only protect you, but they also act as evidence if you are involved in any kind of accident. Despite misconceptions, they aren’t as pricey as you may think and can actually mean your insurance premiums are less. Winner!
Tip 5 – Have your tyres inspected
This one is more about your car’s health… You don’t have to just wait for your MOT or service to get your tyres inspected, we recommend you get them done often to ensure you’re not driving on illegal tyres.
At Rangers Garage in Durrington, during March and April, we are offering FREE tyre checks and inspections so you won’t have to worry about being under the legal tread limit.
Tip 6 – Invest in a steering wheel lock
These may seem a little ‘old school’ but are actually more commonly used than you may think… In most cases they are super easy to fit and work as a great deterrent to car thieves!
Tip 7 – Have your windows etched
What on earth is window etching I hear you say? It’s a visible and permanent marking that is done on your windows to deter thieves from stealing and reselling your car. You can find out more about the service here.
Etched vehicles are 45% less likely to be stolen and 50% more likely to be recovered versus a non-etched vehicle! – Halfords
Tip 8 – Don’t forget to also make sure your car is insured, taxed and had it’s MOT
Again, another obvious one, but just check that you’ve done all the above, especially when driving isn’t on your radar right now. You can use the Gov website to check the tax date and MOT on your car. If you know your car MOT is coming up, give Rangers Garage in Durrington a call on 01980 65-55-55 to arrange it. If you’ve left it until the last minute, don’t worry we’ll always try to fit you in! Book your MOT now.
Contact Rangers Garage in Durrington today
Hopefully this article has given you some food for thought in terms of how to keep your car safe when we can finally all get out and enjoy what the UK has to offer.
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