Tips for the Maintenance of Your Car

When people get cars, they think that they can just drive it around and hope that nothing goes wrong with it. This is not the case and this is sometimes a very dangerous and expensive position to put yourself in.

If you are and passed your driving test recently, you will know that you have to know a few things about maintaining your car, before you can even pass the test. When you are having your practical test, you have to point some things out to the tester, before you are even allowed in the car. If you don’t know how to do this, then you will lose points and you might end up failing the test.

Therefore, it is worth learning how to maintain your car before you think about buying a new one. You will be better off in the long run because maintenance is always cheaper than repairing. Not only will you be making sure that the car is safe, you will also be saving yourself some money.

If you have no idea how to maintain your vehicle, then you have done the right thing by searching on Google for tips and finding this article because the aim of this article is to educate new drivers (and some old drivers) on how to maintain their vehicle.

Regular maintenance checks

You should have your car booked in for regular maintenance checks. You can get this done at any good MOT test centre because they will be more experience in servicing vehicles.

You will have to pay for this and some people think that because they have a new car, they don’t have to get their car serviced or have it checked for maintenance. This is wrong. It is not against the law or anything, but you should do it to make sure the car is safe.

Oil

You should be aiming to check the oil once a month. When you are doing this, you should wait until the car has cooled down before you open the bonnet so that you don’t burn yourself.

You might not know what you are looking for, but if you pull the dip stick out, you are looking to make sure that the oil level is below the maximum level, but above the minimum level. If it is below the minimum then you need to top the oil up. The procedure for topping up the oil is different for each car, so check the handbook that came with the car.

Tyres

You need to check the pressure on your tyres. This is to make sure they are safe to use on the road. If you have good pressure on your tyres, it will save you some money on your petrol.

While you are checking the pressure, you can also check the treads. You need to have tyres that have more than 1.6mm left on their treads. Anything less than this and you are running the risk of skidding and causing an accident. If your tyres look worn or there are patches on them, you need to change the tyres as soon as possible.

Dashboard

When lights flicker on your dashboard, they are telling you that something is wrong. Sometimes those lights are irritating, but you should not ignore them. The dashboard is how the car communicates with you, so if the check engine light is on, check the engine; if the skid light is on, check the tyres. This is the only way you can make sure that the car is road worthy.