2019 is now over. What a year it was! You might be thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Well, to help you along the way we have a great list of practical resolutions for car owners that you’ll want to stick to.
Clean your car regularly
It’s not just about the look of the car. Cleaning it maintains and helps it run well too. Bird poo and other dirt can cause rust and other damage and even inside the car can be damaged with excess mess and dirt. Try to wash it and clean it once a month. If you can’t do it yourself there are plenty of car valeting businesses out there (and you’ll be supporting a local business!).
Check your tyre pressure
We have posted many articles about the importance of tyre safety. It’s so easy to keep them safe and legal by regularly checking the pressure. Ideally check them once a month and before you embark on a long journey.
Weather can affect your tyres. Hot weather can cause them to over inflate while colder weather can cause them to under inflate. So regular checks are really important. If you don’t feel comfortable checking the pressure yourself then your local garage can do it for you.
Changes in seasons bring changes in road conditions which affect your car in different ways. Seasonal checks will ensure your car is ready for whatever the road throws at it.
In winter we need to check the brakes are in top condition for the more slippery road conditions. We’ll check the anti-freeze levels, the engine and battery and the lights. There are many checks you can do yourself to keep things ticking over but it is always best to take it into a garage. You can read our recent article on winter checks here to see exactly what we’d look at for you.
And remember, keep your service records safe!
Maintaining your car is so important. So even minor repairs should be fixed.
Road side survival kit
It’s so easy to put together a road side survival kit. Take a look at our winter survival kit article for some suggested items.
Even if your car is brand new, it could still let you down so it’s better to be prepared.
Happy New Year and happy driving!