Simple car maintenance
Always check your car in the morning before driving away from the comfort of your home. With home start or start of journey cover available from most breakdown and recovery suppliers you will find it more comfortable finding something wrong at your home address than on a busy road.
Car parts can be ordered online such as windscreen wiper blades, oil and even tyres can be ordered online and sent to your nearest fitting centre for putting on your car at a convenient date and time. Follow the link below to find well priced parts and accessories.
For the items you might need to check in the morning before starting your journey. Our link Car Daily Checks will help
Car daily checks help you stay safe. They help prevent your car from breaking down at the side of the road. This can sometimes be very dangerous. Remembering to carryout a check of your vehicle could keep you safe on the road.
Remember the word POWER it will help you to check areas of your vehicle that you might forget.
P stands for Petrol / diesel, check your fuel level before going of on your journey. Not have enough petrol / diesel to complete your journey then plan to refuel at locations along your route. Depending on what time of the day you are travelling it may be important to consider the opening times.
O Oil this is not just the engine oil but all oils in the vehicles engine compartment. This may include engine oil level, brake and clutch fluid, power steering fluid. If you are driving an automatic car transmission fluid. In the manufacturers hand book you will find help in where to locate these areas. Ensure you follow the safety advice within the handbook.
Water, this includes the engine coolant level and windscreen washer bottle. Some screen wash will stay a liquid when temperatures drop below freezing. Turn the ignition off with the engine stopped before checking the engine compartment.
E Electrical components. Light bulbs. Horn. Windscreen wipers. Demisters / heater. Key fob battery. Radio. Seat belt warning system / windows and child locks. If you have an automated filler cap release make sure you can open the filler cap. When you turn the ignition are the warning lights on and also going off. Check that the battery is secured and there are clean terminals. Electrical connectors that click into each other check these connectors are correctly in place.
R Rubber, Check the general condition of all tyres including the spare tyre or break down kit. The tyres should have at least 1.6 mm of tread around the whole of the tyre. Check for cuts or bulges on the walls of the tyre. Valve caps are fitted.Windscreen wiper blades are working and in good condition.
Hoses in the engine compartment should be checked for leaks. Visually check connectors are secure and the battery is secure and earthed to the vehicle.
Warning: when checking the engine compartment the ignition should be off and the engine not running
It has taken longer to write this than it takes to carryout these checks. Simple observations around your car and engine compartment will not take long.