When you have a family of any size, a car is very important. It is the thing that gets your kids to school and you and your partner/spouse to work. Therefore, when it breaks down it can not only cause a dent in your budget, it can disrupt your day-to-day routine and schedule. The best way to deal with issues your car could potentially have in the future is by preventing them from happening in the first place. Fortunately, this is very easy.
In the following post, we are going to outline some of the important checks you should carry out regularly to make sure you are never stuck by the side of the road or in your drive.
Tires are the one and only part of your car that should ever touch the ground, so they must be in good condition. They need to have enough air in them for your car to run smoothly and safely. Rather than relying on your eyes, you should invest in a good quality tire gauge, or go to a gas station to check.
Look Out for Leaks
A quick glance around your car will tell you if there are any leaks. Although it is often the case that it’s just condensation if you have been firing up the air conditioning, it’s not always so innocuous as that. Sometimes the leaks could be a lot worse and mean that the transmission fluid, antifreeze or even the brake fluid is leaking. If you have any doubts about how serious the leak may be, you should take it to your local service shop as soon as possible. It’s better to be safe rather than sorry.
Check the Wipers
Are your wipers working properly? If it’s not raining and you are in the middle of the summer, it is still a good idea to run checks on the wipers. Squirt some of the washer fluid onto the window and then make them move. If they are not clearing the glass properly and just leaving a smeared kind of a mess, it may be time to have them replaced or cleaned at the very least.
Never Avoid Warning Lights
Look out for warning lights on the dashboard when you turn the engine on as these are indicators that something’s not quite right. Are you in the habit of ignoring these or pushing them to one side until you have time to deal with them? Don’t. If it’s the brake assist, lane-keeping, tire pressure, antilock brakes or airbags or the check engine light, you should always stop and try and figure out what’s wrong. If you are not sure, take it to your local car shop.
One of the most important checks is one that you probably forget about often. We all know when our car needs a top-up of petrol or diesel because it would simply stop running if it didn’t have enough. Likewise, we know when the washer fluid needs to be topped up because the wipers aren’t cleaning the windows well enough.
However, do you know how to check the oil levels? This is easier than you think and can be done by anyone, even if you are the least familiar with the workings of a car. If you discover that there is not enough oil in your car, you must top it up as soon as possible. Speak to a motor oil dealer for more help, if necessary.