How to keep your car in a good shape all year round.
If you wish to prolong your car’s life and reduce the chance of a break down, here are some great professional tips and a helpful checklist to follow.
1. Check all the vehicle fluids on a regular basis.
This applies to engine and hydraulic oils, transmission fluid, water coolant and a screen wash. Also, don’t forget about an ani-freeze before the cold weather sets in. Most of these can be checked and filled by yourself with a little help of your car’s manual, however if you are not into DIY mechanics, it’s always better to ask your service garage to do it for you.
2. Tires and spares.
It’s good to keep an eye on the condition of your tires and the pressure at least on a fortnightly basis. This rule applies to all type of users regardless if you drive on a daily basis or just occasionally. It’s also important to check the spare tyre if you have one – things happen and you don’t want to be left in a middle of the road with a useless spare when you need it most.
3. Lights and indicators.
Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are compulsory on all car models made after 2011 and some European countries require some form of lighting during the day. This means if your car is not fitted with DRL you may be required to drive with your headlamps on during the day. It’s important to check the front and back lights, including break and reversing light once a week. It’s also good to wipe light lenses to remove the dirt and improve visibility.
4. Don’t skip maintenance schedules.
There are things that need to be checked by your service people at least on an annual basis, such as breaks, air filters, timing belt, spark plugs. An MOT appointment is a perfect chance to have it all checked and replaced if needed. It’s always good to confirm with your garage what kind of parts, what make and quality are they going to use to replace the faulty ones.
5. Address small issues as soon as they arise.
Better safe than sorry as they say. If you keep on skipping little things, they will eventually become a bigger problem and much more expensive to deal with. Remember to address any concerns asap to keep your car running smoothly.
6. Bodywork wash and wax.
Regular body cleaning keeps your car free of contaminants such as tar, road soil, bug splatters or honeydew. If left untreated, it may damage the paint surface and expose the metal, which will eventually start the corrosion process.