Daily simple and essential car maintenance checks you should definitely be doing
It’s a new day and the roads will get busy soon, employees going to work, people going to there various businesses, transporters rushing for passengers, school runs, employers going to various offices and heavy trucks drivers going for there supplies.
We’re all back to our post-weekend routines.
Now before you hit the road, here are 5 essential car checks you should do to ensure safety and your car is in the proper condition.
- Water, Fuel, Oil and fluids check
- Battery check
- Brakes and steering
- Tyres check
- Lights check
- Wash your car
Oil, water and fluids
Checking the oil and fluids of your car is incredibly important. Making sure all your fluids are topped up will make sure your car is running at its best!
The fluids to check are:
• Engine Oil
• Fuel Level
• Windscreen Fluid
• Brake Fluid
The health of your vehicle depends on these fluids being available, making sure these are topped up regularly will save you a lot of time and hassle and prevent your car from over heating.
Brakes and steering
Whilst this isn’t something you can check before driving, it’s important to keep these things in mind on every journey. When it’s safe to do so, test these as soon as you can.
Is your car pulling to one side when driving or do your brakes feel odd? These are questions you should ask yourself every time you’re in the car. If spotted early, you could save money and a lot of bother.
Your vehicles brake pads should be checked regularly by a mechanic, it’s common for brake pads to wear or crack so stay safe and get them checked.
This is easy to check as if it doesn’t work your car won’t start!
Today’s vehicles have more electronic components than ever before, this puts extra strain on the battery.
Keep in mind that batteries normally last for around 2-4 years, so regular health checks are recommended. However, you can make small visual checks yourself in the meantime. Checking for cracks, damage or acid leaks are important as if your battery fails any of these, it will need replacing.
It takes on average 240 miles of driving to fully charge a battery, so regular long journeys are actually going to improve its lifespan.
Tyres get a lot of wear and tear, especially if you’re going for long drive. Blowing a tyre can be extremely dangerous, never mind expensive and a complete pain to deal with! Make sure you check the following prior to setting off:
• Air pressure is correct
• Tread on tyres – this should be above 1.6mm as a minimum and should cover the outer band of a 20p piece!
• Visible damage
Before heading out especially on longer journeys, it’s always a good idea to check the condition of your spare tyre or if you even have one. Having a tyre change before leaving home or prior to a long journey is advised if there is any visible damage such as a bulge or a rip.
Checking your front and rear lights is one of the easiest things to do on this list, but one of the most important!
Even though you should be checking your lights before each journey, it’s of vital importance this time of the year. As the nights draw in sooner and evenings get colder, more cars hits the road from workers retiring from there workplaces and traders returning from markets.
Key things to check:
• No lights are out
• The lights are clear and not faded
• Fog lights work
• Indicator lights work, these can be tested using your hazard warning switch
• Brake lights work (this can be done by backing up near a wall and pushing your brake)
• Full beam function is working
Wash your car
Having a clean car is as important as taking your bath and dressing up, it goes a long way to tell about your personality and also says you the stress of rubbing off dusts while on the road. Wash your car and make sure the side mirrors and windscreen are carefully cleaned to give you a crisp visibility while driving. The interiors are also necessary as to keep you feeling good with nice scent throughout your driving.
Following these simple vehicle checks could help you to spot any problems and keep you safe on the road.