Five Simple Steps
Fuel – It’s very important to keep an eye on the fuel tank, particularly before long journeys. There is nothing worse than running out of fuel and having to walk to a station or having to sit on the hard shoulder waiting to be rescued. Simply check you have enough fuel for the journey or check to ensure there are regular stops on the way to your destination.
Water – Make sure you check that you have the correct amount of water. There is be a mark on the coolant tank, so you can ensure you have the right levels. Also, be sure there is enough antifreeze in the radiator. It’s always handy to carry spare water in the boot before going on long journeys.
Oil – Keep oil levels topped up, check the oil is at the max mark on the dipstick. Not doing so can risk serious engine damage so it is always helpful to keep spare in the boot. It is advised to have at least a litre spare for in case of emergency.
Tires – A basic task like checking the tires are inflated to the correct size can save you losing money on fuel. Not only this, it can also stop the tires wearing too quickly and ensuring they hold on the road. The legal limit for tire depth is 1.6mm across three quarters of tire length. Another tip is to check the tires for cuts or bulges before trips.
Electrics – Check lights on a regular basis. As with anything electrical, there is always a chance they will fail and always at the most inconvenient time. Make sure you know how to change the lights in preparation for such a disaster. Spare bulbs and fuses are other handy objects to store in the boot.
These steps will help keep your car healthy and ensure you are prepared. They can easily fit into your week without taking up much time at all. Unfortunately, anything can happen so it is always worth making sure you have good break down cover. In addition to this, always make sure you take your car for a service every 20,000 miles or every two years.