How to maintain your vehicle

Many of us rely heavily on our cars. If you want it to reach its golden years, you need to know how to look after it. From fluid levels and tyre checks to getting the right coverage, there is a lot that needs your attention. This easy-to-follow list of maintenance tips will guide you on how to keep your car on the road.

 

Engine oil levels

Engine oil is essential in your vehicle. It lubricates the working parts of your engine and ensures no grinding takes place, which can cause irreversible damage to your car and prevent it from seizing up and breaking down.

Checking your engine oil levels is easy. Most cars come with an oil-level gauge that will alert you when it’s low; however, if it doesn’t, you’ll need to lift the bonnet and check yourself. Remove the dipstick and dip it into your engine. If the oil emerges dirty and dark, it should be replaced.

 

Test your battery 

The battery keeps your vehicle running, so keeping it in good condition will ensure optimum performance. Checking your battery health regularly will help identify any underlying faults before they become real problems. You can visit a garage or do some tests yourself at home. Turn on your headlights to see if they look darker than they should, or conduct a visual check of the battery.

Car batteries naturally lose charge over time, but there are some things you can do to avoid issues. Remember to turn off all the vehicle electrics and go out on short journeys if you don’t plan on using them for a while. 

 

Insurance 

A car is a very expensive purchase, and you want it to last you a while. Accidents can happen, so investing in the appropriate insurance is part of the buying process. Gap insurance can be super useful to purchase as it covers the monetary difference between the motor insurer paying out and any balance outstanding on your settlement. 

You’ll also want to consider any driver insurance if you’re not going to be the only one driving your vehicle. This will help cover the costs in the event of a collision and someone else is driving.

 

Check your tyres  

The tyres are arguably your vehicle’s most important safety feature. Check your tyres for any noticeable lumps, bulges or punctures. Underinflated tyres are not only dangerous to drive on but they will increase your vehicle’s fuel consumption. 

This is why you must check your tyre pressure, health and tread depth. These pressures may differ for your front and rear tyres, so it’s worth taking a look at your car’s manual. An easy way to check your tyre’s tread depth is with the 20p test.

 

Jessica Alexander

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