When I first got passed my driving test I was the proud owner of a blue Nova. I passed my test on a Wednesday and Saturday morning I was driving down to see my Dad in Bournemouth. That weekend, I remember my Dad dragging me outside to show me a few basics of how to look after the car so that I would be able to maintain it and be road safe. Here are the 5 tips he shared with me.
Keep hydrated! Not only is it important for us humans to be hydrated at all times, you need to make sure you car has plenty of water. Check your coolant level is between the min and max level.
Keep clear! Whilst you’re topping up your coolant water, you might also want to check your screenwash. Don’t forget to add some sort of additive…how many times have you been caught out spraying the windscreen for it to instantly freeze! Check that your windscreen wipers are actually working properly and know how to change the blade if needed.
Wheels in motion! It’s really important to check your tyres. Check the tyre pressure every month – and know what the pressure should be! Make sure your tread is within the legal limit (there’s a little marker on your tyre that the tread shouldn’t fall below). If you need replacement tyres at cheap prices, the friendly bunch at DAT Tyres can help!
Know your dipstick! If you lift the lid of your bonnet, do you know where your dipstick is to check the engine oil? My second car, a red fiesta, drank oil like it was going out of fashion so I HAD to check my oil levels every week.
Lights Alive! This is a definite Dad tip…if you were on a long journey and one of your light bulbs went (not forgetting the indicator, brake light, fog light) would you be able to pull over and change it? Keep a spare in the boot of the car for any such emergency.