AD: Five useful car care checks to consider
These handy checks will help make your driving experience a pleasure rather than a chore, say the team at DAT Tyres
Driving can be both a pleasure and a chore, but for most people it is a huge convenience: allowing them to travel in their own time, directly to their chosen destination and returning at their own convenience (bosses allowing, of course).
For this, you need to make sure your car is fit to be driven around busy cities of the UK such as Cambridge and London. The following five car care checks will help your driving experience move towards the pleasure, rather than the chore, side of driving.
Always keep an eye on your tyres. They go flat or lose pressure; go bald, losing traction and grip in inclement weather; or they simply get old and need to be replaced, even if you have looked after them with care and attention. The simple fact is that you cannot drive without your tyres, so making sure they are in good condition, properly inflated and aligned is an excellent way to forestall potential problems in the future.
Car batteries are heavy and not the most attractive item under your hood, but they are vital for your car. The first job a battery has is to start the car, providing the all important igniting spark that sets the ignition engine into action.
While in theory a car could run without a battery: through jump starts or roll starts, for example, there are other elements of the car that now rely on the battery too, not least of which is the assistance it offers to the alternator in running the electronics – which in a modern car are many and essential.
The alternator is a device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy: with the assistance of the battery, this includes your lights, the radio or music system, even the GPS that helps you get from A to B without stress.
Batteries also occasionally need to be topped up with distilled water. Have a look at the top of your battery: many modern batteries have an indicator that shows green when the battery water is at a good level, yellow when it is getting low, and orange or red when the battery is dangerously low on water.
While you are topping up the water in your battery, check your screen-wash bottle too. Do note that this does not just contain water, not even the distilled, pure water that the battery requires – it contains a mixture of detergent and water that is highly effective at cutting through grease that might otherwise smear and streak on the windscreen. Make a point of always having some screen-wash in the back of your car, so you can top up your screen-wash reservoir at any time, as you need to.
Regular Servicing of your car is also one of the important car checks you should consider. This will help you avoid unexpected car breakdown while you are travelling somewhere important without compromising your time. Important parts of your car that are in use while driving are monitored for any repairs beforehand.
All following checks and more are already included while the experts from a reliable garage are servicing your car- your tyre condition, the screen-wash, and the battery. This not only saves your time but also provides you value for your money.
You can also book your car servicing today at DAT Tyres, and head out on the road with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your car is in top condition.
It can be tempting to ignore the need to arrange for emergency supplies. While in winter this includes a shovel, de-icer, a blanket and even a bag of cat litter to use as emergency road-salt, even in summer, when conditions are more pleasant, you will need a spare tyre, jack – and the tools to use it, a puncture repair kit perhaps, and an emergency triangle. It is easy to forget about these things when you don't need them often, so make a point of checking to see that they are still there and in good condition, periodically.
Find out more at dattyres.co.uk/car-servicing
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