Every motorist should take steps to keep their car in good condition. Failure to do this could impact the car’s performance, shorten its lifespan and result in expensive trips to the garage, so it is certainly worthwhile making some time to perform a few regular checks and maintenance tasks. So, what kind of checks should you be making?
One of the most important checks to make is tyre pressure as they must be inflated to a particular pressure in order to run safely and optimise performance. It is always a good idea to check the tyre pressure throughout winter and before any long drives and to top them up if necessary – you can find the recommended level in the owner’s manual.
Tyre Tread Depth
While checking the pressure, you should also check the tyre tread depth with the 20p test which is a quick and easy way to make sure that you have enough tyre tread left. 1.6mm is the legal minimum and anything less than this could result in a £2,500 fine (per tyre) and 3 points on your license, however it recommended that you have at least 3mm for safe driving particularly during winter.
The car also has various liquids that need to be kept to the right level, especially during the colder months of the year. It is important to get into a habit of checking the engine oil, coolant, screen wash and your fuel levels before setting off on a long drive.
It is also vital that you stick to the service schedule as there will be various checks and maintenance tasks that should be performed by a professional to keep the car in the best possible condition. If your car becomes a money bit and is regularly breaking down, you might want to think about an upgrade with a Peugeot 2008 being a good option for those looking for a large, reliable vehicle which will perform well in all conditions.
You should also make sure that you have an emergency kit in your car, especially for the winter months. This should include items such as a first-aid kit, torch, spare tyre, car tools, a shovel, spare clothes, phone charger and food and drink.
Motorists need to get into the habit of the above checks and making sure that they look after their vehicle in order to prolong its life, improve performance and ensure that they stay safe when travelling in hazardous conditions.