I'll be honest, I'm not very good at keeping up with my car maintenance.
Usually, my dad is the one that reminds me to do checkups on my car or that my MOT is due.
However, my car is a huge benefit to me to help me get from A to B. It gives me my independence and it helps me especially if I need to attend a blogging event or for a meeting.
Therefore, I know that taking care of my car is important, especially over the summer.
I'll be driving a lot during the summer, so I need to make sure that my car is kept in top condition during the hotter months (especially during the heatwave) and even though taking care of my car and keeping it in proper running order can take a bit of effort, I know you don't have to be a mechanical whiz to know how to check your car.
That's why I'm pleased that Calmac Tyres Autocentre in Northampton approached me to write a post on Car Maintenence Tips, as it's been a great reminder for me to do some of these checks for our safety before going on my summer road trips with my boyfriend and friends.
These tasks might seem tedious, but in order to maximize the life and performance of your car, these are some of the examples of the important short-term and long-term checks you should be checking regularly:
Oil and Coolant Levels
You should be checking under the hood of your car to inspect both the oil and coolant levels whilst the engine is cool every month or before any longer trips. As it's summer, try and check this whilst inside a garage that is room temperature. Low levels can lead to engine problems if left unchecked. Not good! So if you don't mind getting messy, get yourself under your car for a proper check!
Your engine’s air filter is what regulates the air that flows into your engine and helps keep out debris. You can improve your fuel efficiency, decrease your emissions, and help ensure the life of your engine by making certain that your air filter is flowing properly. This can be done easily at home, so check your owner’s manual for instructions and how often it needs to be changed.
Without your tyres, you wouldn't get yourself very far! It's really important to regularly check your tyres to ensure a safe, fuel-efficient ride. Check the pressure of the tyres every month, before a long trip or if you're carrying heavy loads.
Depending on your vehicle alignment, usage and many other factors, rotating your tyres help extend the service life of your tyres by more evenly balancing the tread wear and helping prevent vibration and noise problems.
You might even need to replace your tyres. Calmac Tyres Autocentre's technicians are on hand for advice as well as comprehensive tyre replacement and repair.
Visit Calmac Tyres in Northampton to buy yourself some new tyres.
Battery performance check
This is a big one! Your car battery is one of the most important components of your car. It's important that you check on this over the summer as extreme temperatures can affect the performance of the battery so regular battery testing will ensure that battery will perform when you need it to.
Check your lights
We're talking headlights, turn signals, brake and parking lights. It is so important that your car lights are properly functioning and it can be so easy to overlook. A quick tip is to turn on your headlights when you're parked in front of a flat surface (i.e. a garage door) and check that both headlights are properly working and well-positioned.
Have a friend handy to stand behind the car while you engage the brakes to be certain that your brake lights are functional and walk around your whole car to fully inspect both turn signals and your parking lights.
Are you heading on lots of road trips this summer? Or are you about to embark on a long car journey? I hope these little tips will help remind you to have a good check around your car prior to traveling!
You never know, these little things could help prolong the life of your car and can save you a lot of hassle later on.