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What does DPF actually do?

When servicing, repairing or even dealing with your car in general there are so many things to remember and deal with you often lose track, from checking fluid levels to tyre pressure. Many people do not know what a DPF is or if their car even has one.

By definition a DPF is a Diesel Particulate Filter. It is a filter that captures and stores exhaust soot which allows your car to be more environmentally friendly by reducing the emissions out the exhaust as the DPF captures a lot of the soot that is harmful to the environment.

To avoid confusion some people may have with a DPF, wondering if their car even has one, a DPF is only available/comes with only new diesel models. Meaning if your car runs on diesel and is a quite recent model, your car may have one. As over recent years many environmentalist groups, politicians and even a majority of the public have shown a great deal of disapproval for diesel run cars. As it is clear they cause great harm to the environment, so the DPF was made to make diesel models less harmful to run.

Although not every diesel car has a DPF it is promising to see that there has been steps made towards a less environmentally straining world, especially on the roads. Although this is only a minor solution to the big diesel problem, over the next decades it is looking that electric cars will take over the roads for the greater good of our environment.

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What to check before going on a long road trip to make sure your car is ready

Before taking your car on a long road trip, preparation is key, if you just do a few checks before leaving it can prevent a nasty breakdown and increase the longevity of your car but what should you check?

The normal place to start is to check the fluids on your car, if you need an in-depth reminder you should check your; engine oil, radiator fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, air conditioning coolant and washer fluid. These are the basics which every car owner should know how to do, as it is very helpful in preventing breakdowns and maintaining a healthy car.

You should also check your tyres, that goes for your air pressure and tread depths, this will maintain stability and avoid wear below the legal limit, which you could check by using a 20p coin, if you need more information refer to the blog on how to check tread depths to ensure yours are within the legal limit.

Also remember to check all signals in your car, from indicators to hazard lights. These could be often neglected yet as you know so important. As without these vital lights, you may ends up causing confusion on the road which may lead to an accident, furthermore you may end up being pulled over by the police.

To conclude one point that may seem like common sense is to wash your car! Make sure all your windows are clear to stay diligent and maintain maximum visibility on the road. While cleaning your cleaning your car it worth using a jet wash, which should be at a nearby petrol station or a service in town. This keeps your car cleaner for longer and leave it looking like it just came out of the factory.

These are the basic checks you should do before a road trip, this ensures safety and longevity of your vehicle which are the two most important things to keep in mind when preparing for a long road trip