There are 6 key areas to keep on top of: fuel, lights, oil, water, electrics and rubber.
- Don’t wait until your fuel light comes on, especially if you’re driving in an unfamiliar area. If you’re running low on fuel and you see a petrol station, take the opportunity to top up your tank.
- Give all your exterior lights a thorough clean every few weeks, making sure to check for blown bulbs and cracks in the lenses while you’re at it.
- Your vehicle handbook will tell you how often you need to check your oil levels, but don’t wait until the red oil pressure warning light to comes on. Check your oil levels regularly.
- Check your coolant level every couple of weeks to ensure it’s topped up to the correct levels. If the level always seems low, check for leaks. It’s always a good idea to keep your windscreen washer fluid topped up, too.
- If your battery’s getting a bit old and tired, replace it with a new car battery before it lets you down. You should also make sure that your radiator’s electric cooling fan starts running when the engine gets hot.
- If your tyres aren’t inflated properly, you could be putting yourself at serious risk. They’ll also wear out faster and can lead to wasted fuel. If you’ve got a full load on board you’ll need to increase your tyre pressures – your handbook will tell you the right levels. The tread must be a certain depth depending on the type of vehicle, this is a legal requirement:
- Cars, light vans and light trailers – 1.6 millimetres (mm)
- Motorcycles, large vehicles and passenger-carrying vehicles – 1mm