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  • If you're off on a long car journey – and even if you're not – it could be worth getting your car checked over. Book online at Halfords* to get a free winter car check at most Halfords stores or Autocentres (find your nearest*, excludes locations with parking restrictions).

    This is a year-round freebie, branded winter or summer depending on the time.

    What's covered by the Halfords free car check?

    • Battery health check
    • Headlight and brake light check
    • Wiper blades check 
    • Windscreen chip check
    • MOT due date reminder
       

    Important: Please be aware that the free screen wash top up and oil level check are no longer included in the free winter car check.

    Halfords says it'll take about five minutes. Be warned... it may try to sell to you, but there's no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice you're given. These checks are completely free.

    The majority of the checks are outside of the car or under the bonnet, but for Covid-19 safety, you'll be asked to switch on the lights yourself.

    In the summer months, air conditioning can also be checked but this isn't covered by the winter car check.

  • Driving lessons and tests are restarting across the UK – see 'More info' below for dates by country. If you're learning to drive OR you're an experienced driver and want to test your knowledge, you can take a free mock driving theory test online via the DVSA.

    There are two separate mock tests for car drivers and two for motorcyclists. Each sample test has 50 multiple-choice questions, the same number you'd need to answer in the real test – so you've only got to do one mock test to mimic the real thing, but you can do a second one if you want more practice.

    There are also mock tests for lorry drivers and bus/coach drivers which have 100 questions each.

    You can take any of the practice tests as many times as you like, but each one can take up to an hour to complete. There's also a free practice hazard perception test where you can watch up to three videos (the real test has 14) with the aim of spotting developing hazards.

    These mock tests are only for practice or fun – you still need to take the real one – but they're definitely worth a go, and may save you money by giving you that extra practice to help you pass first time and not need a retest of the real thing. There are many paid-for apps offering similar ways to practise, but not all of them are official like this one.

    Want more MoneySaving motoring tips? See our guides on 50+ Ways To Cut Driving Costs, Cheap Car Insurance, Cheap Breakdown Cover, and Cheap Petrol & Diesel.

    • When are driving lessons and tests restarting?

      • In England... driving lessons and theory tests restarted on Sat 4 Jul, with car driving tests restarting from Wed 22 Jul – see Gov.uk for full info.
      • In Scotland... theory tests and motorcycle training restarts on Wed 22 Jul – see Gov.uk for full info.
      • In Wales... driving lessons restart on Mon 27 Jul, theory tests restart on Mon 3 Aug, and driving tests resume on Mon 17 Aug – see Gov.uk for full info.
      • Northern Ireland is resuming vehicle testing on a phased basis – see the NIdirect website for full info.
  • You can request a free annual email or text reminder before your MOT's due - simply visit the government's site and sign up for reminders. You'll need to give an email or phone number and the reg of a vehicle registered in England, Wales or Scotland (in Northern Ireland you get a postal reminder seven weeks before your MOT's due).

    You'll need to activate the reminder via a link you'll be emailed after signing up. You'll get reminders a month before your MOT's due, and two weeks later if you've still not done it.

    With fines of up to £1,000 for not having a valid MOT, forgetting could prove costly, so this free reminder should be a no-brainer for anyone who has a tendency to forget things.

    You can unsubscribe from the reminders at any time from the confirmation or reminder email, but they won't automatically stop if you sell the vehicle or declare it off-road.

    Want to drive down MOT costs? See our guide on Cheap Council MOTs and for other tips to cut the cost of owning a set of wheels, see our of 50+ Motoring MoneySavers checklist.

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  • Halfords FREE 10-point car check

    Halfords FREE 10-point car check

    For teachers, Armed Forces, NHS & emergency workers. At Autocentres & garages

    For a limited time, Halfords* is making its 10-point car check (norm £15) FREE to all teachers, HSE, NHS and emergency workers and members of the Armed Forces, in Halfords Autocentres and garages (find your nearest*). The freebie's not available at Halfords retail stores but those groups can get the check for £13.50 there. We've asked Halfords when this offer ends and will update here once we know.

    Remember: it's mandatory to wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces, and there may be special social distancing measures in place. With certain parts of the UK in national or regional lockdowns, you may want to check the latest Government information before heading out. See our Coronavirus Life-in-Lockdown guide for latest info.

    You'll need to book online, then show your staff ID card, Blue Light card or a Defence Discount Service card when you arrive.

    What's covered by the Halfords 10-point car check?

    • Headlight & brake light check
    • Wiper blade condition check
    • Battery health check
    • Windscreen chip check
    • MOT due date reminder
    • Tyre depth check
    • Tyre inflation check & top up
    • Oil level check
    • Screen wash top up
    • AdBlue & coolant check


    Halfords says it'll take about 30 minutes. There's no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice you're given. These checks are completely free to the groups of workers named above.

    If you're not in one of the eligible jobs, you can still take advantage of the Halfords FREE winter car check – it's a five-point assessment that includes a brakes, headlight and battery health check.

  • Free parking for some NHS workers

    Free parking for some NHS workers

    Check your NHS Trust and local authority

    NHS staff can get free parking via various local NHS Trust and local authority schemes so it's worth checking what your local authority is offering. You'll likely need to contact your Trust or employer directly, or provide proof of eligibility such as employee ID or letter of confirmation.

    Who's eligible, where you can park and at what times differs per council – be sure to check full terms to avoid any fines. Below are several of the councils we checked and are offering free parking to some NHS or key workers whilst on duty: