Can you maintain your own car?

It’s fair to say I have had my share of minor car blunders since I hit the road 3 years ago. From locking the keys inside the car to flat tyres on the school run and even being pushed down the road by the guys at the local car wash I have been left a little red faced more than once.

I would be lying if I said I had a vast knowledge in car maintenance I tend to leave it to someone else and when it does go all wrong I call my dad. It was getting a little ridiculous though, I figured it was about time I learnt the basics and what to look for, so with a little help from Kwik Fit I am sharing with you the important car checks we should all be keeping an eye on, especially as we approach winter.

  1. Tyre Tread; would you believe I didn’t know this until about a month ago when my dad informed me two of my tyres were intact very illegal. The legal minimum of tread is 1.6mm which is roughly the same and the boarder of a 20 pence piece use that as a measure and avoid the potential fine and points that go along with illegal tyres.
  2. Tyre Pressure; refer to your hand book for the recommended pressure for your tyres and get down to a local garage or petrol station air is free people – no excuse.
  3. Coolant and oil levels; check regularly and especially before a long journey. Modern cars have an oil light on the inside this doesn’t usually come on until it is too late so the ‘dip stick’ method is the safest bet.
  4. Lights;  Seems obvious but if you are like me it’s not until those dark early night set in that you start to notice a bulb has gone. Keep an eye out for this and avoid getting pulled over with a potential fine.
  5. Battery; A car battery failing will usually be down to age, if you have any concerns before a long journey your local garage can carry out a quick and easy test to tell you if it’s on the way out.

So these are the basics; I wont be changing tyres by the road side any time soon but by being aware of these bits I am giving my self a much better chance of not falling into the sticky situation of waiting for breakdown people to come and save my skin.

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