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Top Tips Tuesday: Simple car maintenance checksBack

This week, we’re focusing on some simple tips drivers can do regularly to ensure safe, worry-free motoring.

Always make sure your car is regularly serviced to the manufacturer’s schedule and specification to prevent the risk of breakdown. For further information on servicing your car, click here.

Follow Trusted Dealers’ top tips this Tuesday below:

tyrechecksCheck tyres: Be aware of the correct tyre pressures for your car and make sure you check them every fortnight using a good quality gauge. Check also your tyre tread is above the legal level and look for cuts or lesions on the sidewalls. Don’t forget to check your spare tyre at the same time.

Changing a tyre: Make sure you know where the tools are located in order to change your tyre if required. An in-car basic toolkit (usually located under the boot floor) should contain a jack and wheel removal tools, and if locking wheel nuts are fitted to your tyres make sure the toolkit includes the key or removal tool.

Check lights: Lights should be checked on a weekly basis as it is a legal requirement to ensure all of your lights are working in order to stay safe on the road. You should also clean lights regularly and in bad weather wipe them over with a damp cloth to maximise your view of the road.

OilChecksCheck oil levels: Check your oil dipstick every fortnight and before any long journey. You should also make sure your oil and filter are regularly changed at recommended service intervals and that you use the correct oil specification to suit your car.

Check water levels: When the engine is cold, check the coolant level and regularly top it up as and when necessary. It’s also a good idea to have the anti-freeze concentration checked before winter to prevent the coolant from freezing.

Wipe your blades: Wipe your wiper blades down regularly to prevent them from smearing the windscreen and potentially obscuring your view. Aim to replace them once a year to ensure the best performance.

screenwashCheck screenwash: Check your screenwash levels regularly and use a good screenwash additive throughout the year to ensure your windscreen is clear of oily grime. Water alone won’t properly clean your windscreen and will freeze more easily in winter.

Posted by Leana Kell on 14/10/2014