We all know that we need to look after our car in one way or another. Whether it’s our uncle’s used car that only manages to scrape the speed limit, or it’s a brand new speedster. It needs to be maintained at all costs. And “costs” is the operative word! It can make a major dent in your finances if you don’t look after your car properly. It’s amazing how many people don’t know how to look after their vehicle, but it makes sense to make small investments in your car now, before the lack of care results in a massive bill down the road. So what things can you do now before it gets too late for your car?
Check The Owner’s Manual!
It isn’t just what’s under your bonnet that’s important, it’s in the glove box! The amount of information your owner’s manual can give you about the model itself trumps any googling. You need to know what tire pressure it has to be? What sort of fuel is recommended by the manufacturer? What can you do to your car without voiding the warranty? The manual is your bible, so become acquainted with it!
Check The Tire Pressure
Underinflated tires actually wear out quicker than overinflated ones do, but if your tires are overinflated, it can easily cause a blowout. Check your tires once a month and see if they are within the manufacturer specifications. Every petrol garage has a tire pressure gauge, or you can purchase one yourself to give a more accurate reading at regular intervals.
Rotate The Tires
This is where you take each tire off and put it in a different location, such as switching the front and rear tires. When it comes to the MOT test, you need to be sure your car is in top condition in every aspect. MOT Testing is necessary to maintain the safety of your car, and if they spot something out of sorts, you will need to get it fixed. So something as basic as rotating the tires ensures that the wear of the tires is sustained evenly, extending their life span.
Change The Oil
Depending on the make and model of your car, you may need to change the oil on quite a regular basis. Check your owner’s manual for specific guidelines, but mainly cars require an oil change every 6 months or every 5000 miles, whichever comes first. There are other factors that may mean you will have to bring your car in sooner, like if you spend a lot of time in stop-start traffic. Checking for any potential problems on a regular basis, such as a slow leak which may drastically reduce your oil levels, is recommended.
Change How You Drive
This one doesn’t require any knowledge of the mechanics of your car. Do you find yourself revving when setting off? Or do you not slow down when approaching a speed bump? Do you excessively speed? If so, these are things which will contribute to the wear and tear of your car over time. Speeding is one of the problems that is attributed to wear and tear, causing the car to age prematurely.