Easy Car Maintenance for Mums
As mums we often do not think about our vehicles except as a means to an end, happily leaving mechanical matters to our partners and husbands. But this is a huge step back for feminism and completely unnecessary! Basic vehicle maintenance is no longer a matter of spending hours tinkering under the car, getting the timing just so and the sparks plugs properly lined up – or whatever our dads, uncles and grandpas used to spend the greater part of their weekends doing! Modern engines are as user-friendly as smart phones and can reliably let us know when they need more fuel, a filter change or a service.
The best way to take care of your vehicle is to know when it is due for a service and to book it in promptly. This regular service should be done annually if you do not drive very much, but more often if you cover a lot of miles during the year. Check your owner’s manual and make sure your car is being checked according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Lights Mean Action
Always pay attention to warning lights that illuminate on the dashboard. Never assume that because your vehicle has been serviced recently, you should have no mechanical problems. For example if the oil warning light comes on, this can mean that there is not enough oil in the car – a common and easy mistake to make, or that a vital nut or bolt has come loose and all the oil is pouring out all over the road, or it can mean that something else has happened that has caused the oil to run low. Every driver should know where dipstick is in order to verify that there is enough oil to keep the engine running sweetly! Find great deals on car oil dipstick from idealprice.co.uk. As soon as any warning light comes on, pull over safely and check the owner’s manual for an explanation before attempting to continue your journey.
Don’t Get Tyred
Look after your tyres properly, keeping them inflated to the recommended pressure. Correct tyre care can prolong the life not only of the tyres but of whole car. If tyres are not correctly balanced or inflated the engine must work harder to keep the vehicle going, causing untold wear and tear on car parts that are nowhere near the tyres! Make sure the tyres are inflated according to the manufacturer’s specifications in the owner’s manual, rather than going by the information printed on the tyre itself. The owner’s manual takes into account the weight of your specific vehicle and will therefore be more accurate. Visit online tyre dealers like point-s.co.uk for information on replacing your tyres when they become too old or worn to be safe.
A Clean Car is a Happy Car!
Keep your car clean and waxed as a matter of course, and not only to have a good looking car. Regular washing can help you quickly discover small nicks and scratches in the paintwork, such as those caused by small stones flying up and branches catching on the side of the car. Being able to have these promptly covered up and re-sealed can save you a fortune in the future. Applying a protective coating of some kind will not only keep the car cleaner for longer, it can actively help to defend against corrosion and rust.
Put a Brake on It
Keep your mind on your brakes when you are driving and be alert to the slightest change in the way they feel and operate. At the first sign of something different with your brakes get down to your local service station and have them checked out. Regretting not having someone look at your brakes while hurtling down the motorway, far too fast and with no way to stop, is a pointless and futile emotion.
Taking care of your car is the same as taking care of your home and your family. Incorporate these sensible precautions and processes and you will be motoring happily for many years to come.
This is James Smith. Treat your vehicle well, save your money and make your car a safer drive. Happy Motoring!