Other lights can indicate more specific issues, such as a gearbox fault or a lightbulb in need of replacement. However, the identity of the problem might not always be as obvious as the car designers intended, so it pays to refer to your vehicle manual whenever a warning light appears. This will ensure that the light which you might otherwise assume denotes a relatively minor problem isn't in fact intended to alert you to something more serious.
Contrary to what many motorists believe, an MOT doesn't have as much to do with the reliability of your car as you might think. Instead, an MOT merely indicates that a car can be used on the roads within the accepted standards relating to the safety of other road users. So, if you think that you can skip a service just because the MOT is due at around the same time, think again.
While following the manufacturer's recommendations should be enough to protect you in most eventualities, it never hurts to be over prepared. So, consider taking your car for an interim service between the main services. Book in for a health check to ensure your car is running smoothly on the school run!
While the ability of the modern vehicle warning systems to detect mechanical faults before they develop into major problems can be incredibly impressive, the old fashioned technique of listening out for unusual noises or other warning signs still has its place. So if your car has developed an unfamiliar whining or a rattling sound, get it checked out. It could save you the expense of a major repair, and at the very least will put your mind at rest. Some mechanical faults - most seriously a blown head gasket - can cause distinctive smells, so trust your nose too. Lastly, never ignore anything that doesn't look right, such as a little smoke from the exhaust or the classic tell-tale patch of oil on your driveway.