It can be easy to neglect your car or van . We’ve all been there – no one wants to fiddle with their engine in the rain, or spend a glorious Saturday afternoon fussing around with their tyres. However, car and van maintenance is important. You can help to prevent any surprise breakdowns by simply keeping on top of your vehicle’s maintenance – even if there doesn’t seem to be any obvious problems.
So, why is car maintenance so important? Not only does regular maintenance mean you’ll be less likely to breakdown, it will also help to make you a safer driver, with a calmer mindset. Here are our top car maintenance tips to get you started.
A survey found that around 3.6 million UK road users say they only have new tyres fitted to their cars when the tread fails an MOT test. This can be very dangerous. You should check your tyre pressure and their overall condition around every two weeks – this should include looking out for wear and tear and ensuring your tyre tread is within the legal limits. Having healthy tyres means they hold the road better, which can also help to reduce your overall fuel consumption.
2. Engine oil
Check your oil levels every few weeks with your dipstick. Make sure to check before you embark on any long journeys, and top up the oil if needed. Pop your car or van back to one of JCB’s workshops across Kent and Sussex if you think you’re topping up more than usual.
Regularly check all your lights, such as your indicators, reversing lights, brake lights and fog lights at least once a week. Look out for blown bulbs and cracks or dirt on the lenses.
On the topic of lights, it’s important to note that you shouldn’t rely upon your dashboard warning lights to tell you what may be wrong with your car. While it is important you understand what your dashboard warning lights are trying to tell you, you can prevent any further problems by making the checks yourself.
Make sure your water level is just right. When your engine has cooled down, check that your coolant level is between the MIN and MAX marks. An additional tip is that before the winter season arrives, get your antifreeze checked and replaced.
Be vigilant and aware of any stone damage on your windscreen. If you notice any chips, try and get them repaired as soon as possible, as often they will spread and crack if not attended to. However, if the damage is irreparable, your whole windscreen may need replacing.
6. Spare toolkit
If your car has a spare wheel on board, you should have a jack, along with wheel removing tools and a locking wheel nut key, just in case you need to change it while you’re on the go.
Not only will having a well-maintained car and van mean you’re safer behind the wheel, it can save you money in the long run.