Regular car checks
No-one wants to break down by the side of the road, or wants to fail their MOT - it's not only inconvenient but also expensive. By performing regular car maintenance checks on your car - you'll hopefully avoid such nasty surprises, not to mention the fact that a well maintained car is likely to be more economical on fuel ;)
As autumn and winter make their more dreary appearances, many of these checks become even more important. We want to help you stay safe on those dark days and wet conditions!
Here's our top 10 car checks to make:
1. Tyre checks
2. Lights checks
Check all the lights on your car are working once a week, cleaning any dirt off the lense to ensure they shine bright. It's worth roping a friend or family member in to help you. Some modern cars with an on-board computer will let you know if a light has failed - but it's worth being in the habit of checking yourself.
3. Windscreen check
Keep an eye our for any damage or cracks on your windscreen. If you discover damage, you should get it replaced or repaired ASAP. Whilst we don't all keep our cars spotlessly clean - it's essential that you keep your windows clean to ensure you have the best visibility.
Don't forget to give your wipers a wipe when cleaning your car. Getting them changed once a year should make sure you won't be caught short with smeary windows in the the rain - but if you notice they are dragging, check and clean them, and if it doesn't improve, get them replaced.
We've all driven down muddy country lanes and found ourselves having to spray and wipe the winscreen over and over again. To avoid being caught short, make sure you check it every week (and top it up if necessary) - and before a long journey.
Every week, when the engine is cool, check the coolant level is within the minimum and maximum marks - after all, letting your engine overheat can cause damage. If you need advice on how to do this, check out our blog on topping up your coolant.
Check your oil weekly to make sure it's between the min and max levels. Again, make sure the engine is cool when you do this - and bear in mind that overfilling your engine with oil, can cause damage. Again, we've written a blog on how to check your engine oil - we're helpful like that ;)
8. Tool/emergency kit
In case of a breakdown, it's worth checking your emergency kit and tool kit are in the car. This includes making sure you have a spare wheel, your locking wheel nut (if you have one), a jack, extra water.
9. Car bodywork
When you're washing your car, or checking your tyres, it's worth giving your car's bodywork a quick once over to check for any signs of damage or rust.
10. Listen to you car
You'll know straight away if something doesn't sound quite right in the car. It's best not to ignore these things and hope they go away - instead make sure you get it checked out by a garage ASAP, as it may help you avoid a breakdown, or hefty garage bill later on.