Keep Your Car Healthy With These 5 Simple Maintenance Tips
Here are five simple, easy cost-saving ways to keep your car healthy and running smoothly saving you time and money.
Five simple maintenance tips to keep your car healthy
Keeping your car in good running order doesn’t have to be difficult, so we’re sharing these five quick and easy things that you can do yourself to keep your car safe and healthy.
Nothing increases your car’s reliability like having it serviced on time by a reputable garage. However, with increased service intervals of up to 20,000 miles or two years, there are some jobs that you simply must do yourself to keep your car in the best of health.
That’s the bad news – but the good news is that it isn’t difficult and can be done in twenty minutes or so once a week – if your vehicle is being used for school runs – do this every week for peace of mind!
Here’s a simple acronym you can use to remember what you need to check on your car :
P – Petrol or Fuel
O – Oil Levels
W – Water
E – Electrics, including lights
R – Rubber or Tyres and Windscreen Wipers.
Okay, let’s look at each in turn …
You should check your fuel levels before any long journey, so make sure that you have enough to complete the trip without topping up? If you are unsure, check maps or the internet for petrol stations along the route – it could save you an uncomfortable walk to a petrol station or a dangerous wait on the hard shoulder of a motorway.
Your oil level should be kept topped up to the maximum mark on the dipstick.
Keeping a litre of the manufacturer’s recommended oil in your boot will help prevent engine damage because some new cars use a litre of oil every 5,000 miles or more. If you aren’t checking your oil regularly you’re risking catastrophic engine damage between services!
The same goes for the antifreeze mix in your car’s radiator – check the correct level which will be marked on the coolant tank; just make sure you only top up with the right antifreeze mix, in an emergency, you can use ordinary water.
Checking all the lights work can be a lifesaver and keeping a set of spare bulbs and fuses in your car is an essential part of your emergency kit. But remember: it’s better to practice replacing them in the warmth of your garage or drive before you have to do it in anger at the side of a busy road in the dark while being lashed with rain…
Incorrectly inflated car tyres can cost you up to £4 per tank of fuel. They’ll also wear out more quickly and won’t hold the road as well, so you’ve got three reasons to check the pressure every week.
You should also check the tread depth which should be at the legal limit is 1.6mm across three-quarters of the tyre’s width, but a prudent driver replaces them at 3mm. You can check this using a tyre tread depth gauge something that is often sold as a kit with the pressure gauge. It’s also worth looking for any cuts or bulges in the tyre too and seek professional advice if your either unsure or find anything that doesn’t look right.
And finally …
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your car will let you down, so make sure you’re signed up to a good breakdown service. Yes, you may see it as ‘dead money’ now but it brings peace of mind if you break down on a motorway or in the middle of some rural location…especially with a gaggle of kids!
These simple checks can save you a ton of headaches and money and if you need car parts spares, tyres etc, see our AutoParts Section for more tips and helpful advice!
Be sure to subscribe to our periodical newsletters which sometimes include recommendations for other posts, blog news, or services that we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data and your rights – and of course, you can unsubscribe at any time!