Your car has so many elements to it that could get damaged or deteriorate over time. Many modern cars alert you to potential issues but there’s plenty you can do yourself to keep your car safe, looking great and running reliably.
Scratches and dents: Keeping an eye on your car’s bodywork will enable you to fix any problems and not be caught unawares if you go on to sell your car in the future.
Front and rear lights: Your dashboard warning light display may warn you that one of your car’s exterior bulbs are faulty or blown – your owners’ manual can guide you through what the various warning light symbols mean. Alternatively, you can conduct simple visual headlight and brake light checks yourself, with the help of a friend.
Tyres and wheels
Tyre damage: Many things can happen to your tyres when driving. It is important to check over your tyres for any damage, cuts, bulges, nails or screws.
Tread depth: The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres, across the central ¾ of the tread around the complete circumference of the tyre. Be sure to check your tyre tread depth regularly so you drive safely and legally.
Tyre pressure: It’s essential to check your tyre pressures on a regular basis as incorrect pressure can affect your car’s performance in a lot of key handling and safety areas. Such as, how quickly you can brake, your accuracy in handling corners, increase the potential for premature tyre wear and the impact on fuel consumption.
Alloy wheel damage: When driving or parking your car, it is common to scuff or scratch the alloy wheels. Get in touch with a specialist repairer who can help with cosmetic repairs.
A flat battery
If you haven’t driven your car in a while or your car has used its power in other ways (the radio, lights left on, etc.) then you could be faced with a dead battery which means you’ll have to jump-start the car or call a technician to get it fixed. Driving your car regularly for an extended period of time can help to avoid this. Research your car make and model to see what the advice is to avoid your battery running out.
A chipped windscreen
Small chips can turn into large cracks that cannot be repaired. Fixing a small chip or crack is much more cost-effective than replacing an entire windscreen and is often covered by your car insurance policy. So it’s important to check your windscreen regularly for chips and to get them fixed as soon as possible by a specialist company, like Auto Glass.