New Year’s Resolutions For Your Car!06 January 2021
Every year people set New Year's resolutions: most of them involve personal gains or objectives for a healthier lifestyle, getting fitter or even quitting smoking and drinking. What about a New Year’s resolution to keep the car clean, tidy and free from rubbish?
Aim to clean your car inside and out once a month, this will help you keep track of its overall condition and quickly identify any problem areas, such as stone chips, door dings and even nicks or tears in tyres.
Unsurprisingly, the more you clean the car, the easier it becomes after the first couple of washes: this is one because you're getting into the swing of things there will be less grub and grime to remove in-between washes.
Keeping the interior and windows clean can help vision in the low winter sun and, reduce the chances of the windows fogging up when it’s raining or cold outside.
Give the wiper blades a good scrub and check over them whilst cleaning the windscreen.
Checking & Topping Up
This can be done at the same time as washing: first check the fluid levels in your car. Is the screen wash topped up and strong enough concentration for the weather conditions? Whilst topping the screen wash up, check the coolant level and oil level are both correct and have a quick visual check around the engine bay for signs of fluid leaks or dampness. The more you open the bonnet and look underneath, you'll learn what's normal and when something doesn't quite look right.
Whilst cleaning the wheels, give the tyres a quick check over for tears or nicks in the sidewall or if looks a little flat? You should check your tyre pressures once a month: wrongly inflated tyres can be dangerous and cost you more in fuel.
When you've finished your journey take your rubbish inside with you, don’t leave it lying in the footwells or empty coffee cups in the cup holders. Remove any parking pay-and-display tickets and other bits of paper you no longer need from door bins, all they do in winter months in collect and hold moisture which eventually causes the car to fog up.
MOT and Servicing
Pre-plan when your MOT and Servicing is due on the car and book it in early, also do a quick walk-around check and build on the knowledge from doing the monthly washes/home maintenance so that you know what to report to the garage if you think something is not quite right.
Challenge yourself to be easier on the car, drive it less aggressively, don’t ride the clutch, press the button in when applying the handbrake, brake smoothly and pull away gently. See how many miles you can reach from a tank, or what’s your top MPG figure.
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