Look after your car

Here are some tips to keep your car in good shape for longer.

  1. Check your tyre pressure every time you fill up with fuel.  This quick process will ensure that the life of your tyres is extended, and the financial outlay of replacing poorly worn tyres is delayed.
  2. Keep a notebook and pencil in your glove compartment for quick reminders, taking witness notes or details in the event of an accident etc
  3. No phone-call or SMS message is so urgent that you have to react to it while driving and endanger yourself and others in the process.  Install a hands-free kit, or simply practice restraint and wait until you can pull over when safe to do so.   
  4. Even if you live in a warm climate, adding anti-freeze to your radiator is still good practice .
  5. If you see a petrol tanker filling the tanks at your local service station, come back another day or go to a different station. As the station’s underground tanks are being filled, the turbulence can stir up sediment. Sediment in your fuel can clog fuel filters and fuel injectors, causing poor performance and possibly necessitating repairs.
If you are away on an extended holiday, and are not going to use your car for more than a month, store it properly to prevent unnecessary damage and repairs upon your return:
  • Fill up with petrol to help prevent condensation from accumulating in the tank.
  • Wash and wax the car thoroughly to protect the finish.
  • Disengage the parking brake to help avoid brake corrosion.
  • Put the car on jack stands to take the weight of the vehicle off the wheels and tires.
  • Disconnect and remove the battery to keep it from draining. Place the battery on a trickle-type charger.
  • Plug the tailpipe with a rag to prevent moist air from infiltrating into it.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is provided by the SPAR Group Ltd for general information purposes only. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.