Your car is among the most major purchases you’ll make in your life. Getting the best from yours requires putting in a little bit of effort when it comes to care and maintenance. Let’s take a look at what that care might consist of.
Cleaning your car regularly
By staying on top of the cleaning of both the inside and outside of your car, you’ll not only ensure that it looks the part, but that it’s a comfortable drive. This goes especially if you’re regularly having passengers in the car. When you’re travelling long stretches on your own, then you might be tempted to let things go – so make the conscious effort to stay on top of the problem.
Keeping your speed low matters for several reasons. Firstly and most obviously, it’ll reduce the likelihood of your being involved in a collision, and the severity of any prangs that do occur. But it’ll also reduce strain on the engine, slow down the wear on your tyres, and improve your fuel economy, too.
Even if you’re lucky enough to have regeneretive braking, you’ll still waste energy every time you come to a stop. The solution here is simple: don’t go any faster than you have to, and try to anticipate braking so that you can reduce your speed as smoothly as possible. Eco-driving is an entire discipline that’s worth investigating thoroughly, especially if you’re going to be driving a lot.
Caring for your tyres
We’ve already touched upon tyre wear, but it’s worth dwelling on the subject. Your tyres are among the most important components on your car. They’re the bit that actually comes into contact with the road. It’s vital that you keep them properly inflated, adjusting according to the load in your car. You can usually find tyre pressures appropriate for your vehicle listed online. Upgrading your tyres is a straightforward and usually very effective measure.
Looking after the battery
The battery attached to your starter motor will fail after prolonged use. You can get the most use out of it by preventing it from fully discharging, and making sure that you aren’t using power while the engine is off.
Keeping your fluids up
Your car requires several different kinds of fluid to operate properly. To avoid problems, you’ll want to research your options, and keep a stock of all the appropriate bottles in your garage. Buy in bulk and you can save in the long run.
Clearing your windscreen
Your windscreen is something to which you’ll want to pay particular attention. Keep it clear, and make sure that your screenwash resevoir is topped up. Up the concentration in the winter, to prevent it from freezing up.