It is easy to get complacent about your car and believe that it will go on forever, but as we all know, sometimes our cars let us down. It’s really important that you make sure that your car is in tiptop condition all of the time, and you should also make sure that it is fully legal. This means making sure all of your tax and insurance payments are up to date. You should also have roadside assistance cover just in case you are ever left stranded on the side of the road. In this article, we are going to tell you about some important safety checks that you should carry out before every journey in order to make sure that you are as safe as possible on the road. Read on for our top tips:
Check the Tires
The tread on your tires should be deep enough so that they are able to grip onto the road. If the tread on your tires is wearing a bit thin then book it in for new tires as soon as possible. It really is not worth driving with bald tires as you are far more likely to skid and lose control on the road. Bald tires are also illegal so you may end up with a fine if you are caught. You should always check the state of your tires before every journey in order to make sure that it is safe enough for you to drive, and don’t forget to check the spare either.
Before every journey, it is advisable to check the levels of all of the fluids in your car. First of all, make sure that there is enough water both in the radiator tank and also in the windscreen washer tank (this should also have a cleaning agent added so that you can effectively clean your windscreen). Next, check the oil levels. Do this by unscrewing the oil lid and dipping the dipstick in to see how much is in there (make sure you clean the dipstick off with a rag first to get a true indication). There will be a ‘maximum’ and a ‘minimum’ mark on the dipstick to make sure that it is not too much or not too little. Finally, check that you have plenty of brake fluid in the system so that the brakes can work effectively.
You should have your car regularly serviced in order that it runs as efficiently as possible. During the service, ask the mechanic to check for maintenance jobs that need to be carried out, for example, brake shoe relining or fitting a new clutch. It may cost a bit of money to get these things done, but you will be glad that you did.
By taking care of your car and carrying out these regular checks, you are far less likely to be let down by it. It should also serve you a lot longer if you take the time to care for it properly. Look after your car and it’ll look after you!