Keeping your car in great shape isn't complicated if you follow the instructions on your vehicle's maintenance schedule sheet, and use guides like Lookers Car Advice. But certain mistakes are often made – we've listed some of the most common below:
What car do you drive?
These days a hugely diverse range of models are available, and different classes and vehicle types need very different maintenance schedules. Check your car's schedule and make sure you aware of when it’s next due a service – the schedule your previous vehicle followed may not apply.
Consider where you drive
Similarly, many people do not change their maintenance schedule according to their driving style - if you often drive in hot conditions your tyres may need changing more frequently, or need air filter changes more often if you drive in urban areas.
Do your brakes feel the same?
If you notice any slight changes to the feel, responsiveness and sound of your brakes, visit a mechanic immediately. It's very dangerous to ignore alterations to your brakes, but it happens far too often.
Use your garage
If you have a garage, use it. Not only will it make your car more secure, it helps to protect your car from the elements, and from the attention of birds!
Check your fuel cap
If your engine light goes on, check your fuel cap before visiting a mechanic. The cap is crucial to the car's ventilation, and if it's on loosely it could lead to the engine light causing you unnecessary worry.
Replace your windscreen wipers
If you can't see, you're more likely to crash. Replacing your windscreen wipers when they’re not performing at their best can save you from the myriad of maintenance issues brought about by a collision.
This is especially important at times of low visibility, such as heavy rain or snow.
If you would like more maintenance tips, or to learn about the expert servicing and maintenance at Lookers, please contact our friendly team today.