Car servicing tips – keep your car healthy*
There’s nothing worse than having to spend a fortune on your car. Even if it’s your pride and joy (when I get a Range Rover mine definitely will be!) you still want it to be relatively cheap and easy to look after. That’s why it’s important to keep on top of checking up on your car, especially if you have to drive a lot for work – or even just for fun! Here are some top tips for keeping your car on top form…
1. Check your tyres
Think of tyres a little like the car’s shoes – they’re really important for getting around and they have constant contact with the ground so they’re easily worn! Just like your favourite pair of Louboutins, they need special care. Check your tyre pressure regularly and especially before long journeys. This can be done at your local petrol station and is usually free or 20p, it’s also super easy to do if you’ve never done it before – just unscrew the dust caps and then pop the nozzle over the valve and hold it there until you reach your desired tyre pressure. You’ll be able to find out what tyre pressure you need in the handbook for your car (usually in the glove compartment).
You also need to check your tyres for signs of wear and tear as they may need to be replaced. The tread needs to be a minimum of 1.6mm deep, anything under this and you’ll be breaking the law and could end up with a fine and points on your licence if you get pulled over – plus it’s not safe as bald tyres are more prone to blow outs and skidding.
2. Be aware of your brakes
Obviously your brakes are quite important! Although you may not have the knowledge to look at your braking system and see if there’s anything wrong with it, you’ll know your car and so if your brakes sound squeaky or they’re grinding, you may need to get them checked out. Brake replacement & repair in Kirkcaldy and many other areas is available from Fife Autocentre.
3. Keep your oil topped up
To check your oil levels, unscrew your oil cap, remove the dipstick, wipe it and then reinsert it into the oil then pull it out. As long as the oil level is between the two markers at the bottom the dipstick, you’re good to go! You can top your oil up yourself, just make sure it’s the right oil for your car, but it’s also good to get a yearly service where the mechanics will do an oil change for you.
4. Check your bulbs
It’s certainly not safe to be driving around with a bulb out on your car, especially if you do a lot of driving at night time, and it’s not just your headlights you need to check. Brake lights and indicators are important too. To check your rear lights, reverse up to a reflective surface.
What are your top tips for keeping your car healthy? Let me know in the comments!