Published On: Thu, Oct 5th, 2017

Essential Checks All Drivers Must Perform To Keep Their Car Running Smoothly

When people first pass their driving test, they often have little knowledge about car maintenance or keeping their vehicle in the best condition. That is something most folks will learn along the way as they make mistakes. However, it’s sensible for everyone to learn about the necessary checks as soon as possible because that’s the best way to avoid the worst situations. There are some tips and tricks below that should assist all motorists in making sure they don’t overlook anything, and they take the best care of their vehicles. It’s always worth investing in an official manual, so you have all the right information. That said, the points listed below should help most readers to steer clear of disaster.

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Check the oil

Firstly, there is no getting away from the fact that all drivers will need to check their engine oil levels at least once each month. Those who want to remain safe should do it every couple of weeks. Also, be sure to take a look underneath the vehicle to ensure there are no apparent leaks. The last thing anyone wants is for their tank to spill oil all over the driveway. That will make a mess, and it will also waste a lot of money. All drivers should refer to their car’s manual when it comes to checking the levels. However, in most situations, you just have to drop a stick into the tank and then measure how far the oil reaches. For safety reasons, make sure you:

  • Wear appropriate clothing
  • Move away from sources of ignition
  • Keep the oil away from your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Remove oily clothes when you’re finished

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Check the brakes

Most motorists have no idea how to assess the condition of their brakes. However, it’s a skill that could prevent accidents and keep them safe. For that reason, the step by step process outlined here should come in handy. Just refer back to think article when the times comes to ensure you don’t overlook any actions from within the process.

  1. Jack the vehicle up and remove the front wheel
  2. Inspect the brake disk
  3. Inspect the brake caliper
  4. Look through the inspection hole on the caliper to assess the condition of the pads
  5. Replace the wheel, nuts, and hubcap before lowering the car

If you notice that the disk, caliper, or pads appear worn, you should probably book an appointment to see your local mechanic. Replacing those parts shouldn’t take long, and it shouldn’t break the bank either. In most instances, you should only have to do that every couple of years. However, you still need to perform the checks monthly for the best results.

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Check the tires

Your vehicle’s manual will tell you how much pressure each tire requires. Still, if you don’t have one of those, you can always use the internet to gather that information. The best way to check the tires is to invest in a pump that connects to your cigarette lighter. Plug the device into the car, attach it to the tires, and it should tell you the amount of pressure in each. You can then inflate or deflate the wheels accordingly. The process should only take a couple of minutes unless you have a slow puncture. If that’s the case, you might have to replace the tire and throw the old one in the trash.

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Check the windshield  

There are two reasons all drivers should check their windshield on a weekly basis. Firstly, a collapse while on the road could result in a terrible accident, and nobody wants to spend time in the hospital. Secondly, a company committed to offering professional auto glass repair services will charge much less for repairs than they do for replacements. So, people who fail to identify a chip in the glass and allow the situation to deteriorate could end up spending a small fortune. The process of getting a repair is straightforward and shouldn’t take long. In most instances, the experts will pour a unique substance into the affected area which will set and help to increase strength and durability.

 

If every person reading this post performed those four simple checks, their cars would stay in good condition for much longer than they will at the moment. Bear that in mind during the next couple of months, and try to implement some of the advice. When all’s said and done, ignoring these tips will mean you end up spending a lot of money to keep your vehicle on the road when you could save thousands by paying attention. None of the tasks mentioned in this article are complicated, and so you don’t need any experience in mechanics to get them done.  

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