I’ve not been shy about documenting my car journey online, with the video about my driving test being one of my most popular on my YouTube channel. Therefore today I thought I’d share some top tips I follow for car maintenance that I hope will help both new and experienced divers alike. A lot of this was unknown to me before driving so let’s take it back to basics in today’s post.
There’s a reason why MOT’s exist and it’s to ensure your car is road safe and identify any preventions to bigger issues. If you receive advisories, I’d recommend having them looked at as soon as possible to stop them causing either further problems to your car or to you when you’re driving Finding a garage you’re confident with is essential as I’ve certainly been ripped off in the past. I know Ossett Tyre House offers MOT for all classes in Wakefield if they’re local to you.
Check for worn tyres
Again, speaking from experience (I had a total blow out and had to be recovered and then had two flat tyres within four weeks of each other) checking tyres is so so important especially if you’re doing long journeys. You learn tyres should have a tread depth of 1.4mm, when you notice they are beginning to ware, I’d always recommend you get them checked and replaced so you don’t get caught out as they can cause accidents.
Again something from your driving test you’re reminded of but may forget to put into practice once you have a car. I always recommend checking your engine oil with the dipstick to ensure you’re never running low. It’s these little things that can make your driving experience much safer. Also, check anti-freeze and screenwash whilst you’re there. Once you’ve done it once, you’ll feel like a pro.
This one is definitely more cosmetic, but no-one told me how amazing polish works when you may have tiny scratches on the car. Get some elbow grease on it and it’ll look as good as new and no-one will know a scratch was ever there.
I hope these basic car maintenance tips help anyone who’d like to learn more about the basics of owning a car and how to stay on top of any issues before they cause problems with your car. Being in the know is much better than something suddenly going drastically going wrong!
What car maintenance tips do you have? Leave them in the comments to share with others.