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Five Checks Every Driver Should Make Regularly

Five Checks Every Driver Should Make Regularly

Whether you have been driving for five minutes or five decades, it is easy to take your car for granted and just assume that, as long as you and other road users do the right things, you will get safely from A to B. However, cars go wrong! If you want to prevent the inconvenience and cost of breaking down and excessive wear and tear, here are some checks that you should make part of your routine.


Just like us, cars need fluids to survive – and not just fuel. Oil, brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid; different elements of your vehicle require different fluid to keep them in good working condition. Keep your eye out for an engine light suggesting an oil change, and make a habit of checking your fluids regularly and topping them up as required.


The condition of your tires will have an impact on how easy it is to handle your vehicle, your stopping distance, and even your fuel efficiency. If your tyre blows out – especially on a busy road – it could be incredibly dangerous to you and other road users. Keep an eye on your tyres and if you see one that is looking a bit flatter than the others, top it up. If it happens repeatedly, pop to your local tyre specialist; you could have a slow puncture. Also take note of the tread; if the tyre is looking worn in certain areas, get it checked out by a specialist.


We don’t tend to think about our brakes – until they stop working. Before you set off on a journey – particularly if it is wet or you are planning a long or hilly trip – press down on your brake pedal – you should feel a good level of resistance. While you are driving, if you notice grinding or squeaking, get your brakes checked out by your local garage ASAP.


Lights prevent accidents, by making you and other road users more visible in all conditions, as well as letting other road users know what you are planning to do. Check your lights regularly; get a friend or family member to check that your headlights and taillights are working, as well as brake lights, indicators and side lights. If they are not working, you could be stopped by the police and fined.


It may be the most obvious thing, but running out of fuel is one of the most common (and definitely the most embarrassing) causes of breakdowns. If you have parked on a hill, wait until you are on the flat to get a more accurate reading of your fuel levels – depending on the location of your fuel gauge and whether you parked facing up or down, your car could show deceptively high, or low, fuel levels.

These simple checks will take just a few minutes but if you make them part of your regular routine they could save you time, money, and even lives. As always, if in doubt, get your vehicle checked out by a specialist. And follow Trust A Garage on Facebook or Twitter.

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