Basic Car Maintenance that Drivers Need to Know

Whether it’s been a few days after your driving test or even a few years, understanding how your car works and what to check for regularly when maintaining the condition of your car is essential.

Many drivers don’t check their cars as much as they should, and more than half of drivers on the road are ignoring faults with their vehicles, making the roads an even more dangerous place to be.

In case you need a reminder – or are even researching for your driving test, here are just some of the things you should be checking during a routine maintenance of your vehicle!

Don’t Forget the Liquids!

Many vehicle owners don’t realise that they should be checking the fluids that run through their car on a regular basis to look for leakages or parts which need topping up.

Whether it’s the brake fluid, windscreen wash or even oil, you need to be checking on them every two to three months to ensure that everything is in good working order. Old oil can severely damage your engine and make your fuel efficiency decrease, so it’s important that you are keeping a check on your oil – either check and dispose of the old oil properly yourself or book your vehicle into a garage where experts can do it for you.

Check Your Tyres

As they are one of the main means of getting you around, you’d think that drivers would pay more attention to their tyres. However, it is often the case that they are left to become worn right down before drivers start to notice a negative impact on their driving.

Tyres should not be smooth as they will not provide adequate grip on the road to keep your car safe, and with winter on the way, your tyres need to have as much grip as possible as the ice begins to appear.

Checking the pressure of your tyres is also an important maintenance task – you want to be sure that there is enough air in your tyres to make the car handle better and make the amount of fuel that you have in your car more efficient. A flatter tyre will require the car to work harder, wasting valuable fuel and, therefore, money!

Turn on the Lights

Your car lights are essential for safety; they allow you to indicate which way you want to turn, as well as illuminate dark roads.

Lights should be checked on a weekly basis as they are easily replaced at home, and to have your lights go while you are out on the road can be quite dangerous. Make sure you are turning on each light and ensuring that they work – especially your headlight dim and beam settings and stop and reversing lights.

If there are any lights which appear on your dashboard, make it your priority to fix the issue that is causing them. It may seem trivial, but any indicators that appear should not be ignored.

Here at WrongFuel, we’ve made it our mission to help keep cars safe on the road. Putting the wrong fuel in your car doesn’t have to mean your car is unsafe – we can help! For more information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today on 0800 634 9827 where a member of our team will be more than happy to help you with your enquiry.