Keeping your car well maintained is essential in keeping your car safe and on the road. Not having a car can cause havoc in your day-to-day life, so here are some simple tips to keeping your car maintained and safe.
Tyres: Checking your tyres regularly for the correct pressure and tread is one of the most important things to do as a tyre that isn’t in a good condition could potentially cause a serious accident. Tyres that are under-inflated, even by the smallest amount, can over heat, whereas tyres that are over-inflated can lead to similar damaging problems. Before taking action, you should take a look at your vehicle handbook to find out the recommended tyre pressures for your car. You should check your vehicle’s tyre pressure when they have completely cooled down. Check your tyre tread regularly too; if you fail to do so you could get in trouble with the law. There should be a minimum of 1.6mm of tread on the central three-quarters of your tyre.
Brakes: Your brakes should undergo vigorous tests during an MOT; if they’re not tested you could be at risk of suffering from a complete braking system failure that could cause a serious accident. You can check the brake pads by peering from the openings on the exterior of the wheel assembly. Make sure that you view the pad from above and visually assess the depth. If it is under a quarter of an inch seriously think about taking action very soon. If you are worried about any part of the braking system bring it into us at The Bodyshop.
Lights: Checking your lights are working is the easiest of all checks; all you’ve got to do is get someone to assist you. Turn on all the lights whilst you are in the car and get the person helping you to go round and check that each light is working.
Windscreen: All you have to do when checking the windscreen is look for cracks or chips, if you discover chips or cracks then you should get it sorted immediately. Most small chips can be repaired so it’s good to get them repaired before it gets worse.
Oil: Running low on oil will cause serious problems for your engine; it can cause overheating and can even totally destroy it. You should get your oil levels checked regularly. Just use the dipstick to make sure the level never drops below the minimum mark, if it does then simply just replace the oil in the car. If you aren’t sure on how to do this then contact us.
Cooling System: Make sure the radiator coolant levels are sufficient, wait until the engine is cold then open the radiator cap carefully. Check the fluid level, which should be near to the top of radiator. Make sure you replace the cap properly after.
If you have any problems or worry about your car, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at The Bodyshop.