16 January, 2018

The Importance of Car Safety

When I learnt to drive it hadn't occurred to me that I would also be the one in charge of my cars health.
I'd always thought I'd have someone else to do that for me, over the last 6 years I have had to learn for myself the importance of looking after my car.  Maintaining your car is really simple, anyone can do it, all you need is a checklist and your cars manual for guidance.

The first thing I do is make a list on my calendar and in my diaries when my car needs its servicing and MOT.  As it's a legal requirement I make sure that I have the end dates noted down and I set a reminder on my phone with plenty of time to book a suitable appointment.

Next, I make a list of all the things I need to do to my car on a monthly or weekly basis an example of these are;

Cleaning out the car // coolant and antifreeze levels //Air pressure 
Wiper blades // Lights // Tyres & tread depth // Screenwash // 
Oil levels 

These little checks can be the first signs in detecting problems that could potentially lead to bigger issues and a huge bill from your garage!

It's vital to check your tyres on a weekly basis, checking for any punctures, changes in physical appearance and the tread depth.  This will make sure your car is safe, road legal, and running efficiently. If you need to change your tyre don't always go for the cheapest you get what you pay for and especially in Winter you want reliable tyres.
Buy tyres online and have them locally fitted at Iverson tyres. 

(Image from Pixabay)

One area that often gets forgotten or ignored about is the exhaust.  The exhaust is a vital part of our car because the exhaust provides a range of jobs from improving the fuel consumption and engine's performance to redirecting the fumes away from passengers and also helping with noise reduction.

When driving listen to see if you can hear any unusual noises as these can be an indication there is a problem. As well as just listen have a good look at your exhaust check for any cracks, rusting and holes getting to know what your car looks and sounds like can help you detect problems earlier.

Do you check your car regularly? 

* This is a collaboration  post all words and opinions are that of my own.


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