Whether you’ve just passed your test or have been driving for some time, you may be prone to a few minor mishaps every now and then, such as putting diesel in a petrol car which isn’t great for the engine.
Understanding how to maintain your car is just as important as knowing how to drive if you’re to ensure that you’re safe on the road. Therefore, if there are some things you’ve forgotten, such as how to check your dipstick for oil levels, make sure you refresh your memory!
Here are some of the most important times where your show-me tell-me part of the test will come in handy.
Before A Long Journey
If you’re planning on setting off on a long drive and have a lot of luggage, it’s important to make sure that your car is in tip top shape so that you don’t encounter any mishaps on the motorway.
In order to make sure that you’ve done everything in your power to make sure your car is functioning, you’ll need to check the tyres, oil and make sure that you’re topped up on fuel – all things that you learnt in order to pass your practical test.
Not only do you need to ensure that your tyres are the right pressure for the amount of people and luggage you have in the car for the duration of the journey, you also need to make sure that you have the legal amount of tread on your tyres so that you aren’t a danger to others or yourself.
As Part of Your Winter Checklist
Your car will need a little more TLC over the colder months than throughout the summer because it will be prone to freezing.
You therefore need to ensure that you know where and how to put in the appropriate antifreeze, make sure your lights are working, and you know how to prevent your windows from steaming up. If you are unsure, make sure that you spend some time reading through your car’s manual before venturing out in the cold.
At Regular Intervals
Whether your car is brand new or getting on a little bit, it’s important that you check everything is in working order at regular intervals to keep it ticking over! This generally means changing your car’s oil every 3,000 miles, and checking everything else (such as your oil and tyre pressure) every couple of weeks.
So the show-me tell-me part of your practical test is pretty important if you plan on using your car for more than popping to the shops every couple of weeks! Unfortunately, we do all make a few mini mistakes every now and then, but it’s important to get a professional to help to avoid further damage.
If you’ve put the wrong fuel into your car, you can speak to one of our experts by calling 0800 634 9827! You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all of our latest tips, tricks and general advice.