1. Clean your windshield and replace the wipers
A dirty, obscure windshield can be unsafe as it muddles your view of the road. Give it a regular cleaning and make sure you replace your windshield wipers often to maintain better driving visibility. Worn out windshields can expose a metal arm that can scratch your windscreen.
2. Check the tyre pressure
Maintaining proper tyre pressure will keep you safe on the road. Improperly inflated tyres (over-inflated or under-inflated) can increase your chance of a blowout. It’s also important to get your tyres rotated and balanced, and inspect them regularly to make sure they are still roadworthy - the tread depth of your tyres, the wear, and any damage or signs of deterioration.
Your car is just like you, it needs to stay hydrated. That’s why it’s important to get in the habit of regularly checking the fluids in your car - oil level and the water in the radiator. You can do this at every other petrol fill-up and the amazing part is, you don’t have to do it yourself as petrol attendants offer this quick service for free.
A broken or burnt-out bulb is a safety hazard and might get you a ticket. Inspect each bulb on your car regularly before you drive, to make sure you still have a clear line of sight. If a bulb is out, take your car to an expert to determine whether it’s the bulb or the fuse that needs replacing.
Brakes play a significant role in bringing your vehicle to a stop. Which is why they should be checked periodically to make sure they’re still in good working condition and your car is safe to drive. Have your brakes checked whenever you rotate your tyres—probably every six months. It's a good idea to take your car in for at least one brake inspection a year.
Your battery is the pulse of your vehicle. Without it, your car won't run. Test your battery with a digital voltmeter to determine its health (usually free at your nearest battery specialist). You can also keep your battery terminals clean and regularly check the battery case for any sign of damage (cracks or bulges are signs that your car battery needs to be replaced).
Washing your car regularly keeps it free from corrosion. It’s also advisable to wash your engine at least every year, as a clean engine runs cooler than a dirty one. A clean engine also enables you to easily spot leaks and will have a cosmetic appeal if you one day decide to sell your car.
Regularly check warning lights to see if there are any maintenance problems with your car or if something needs to be addressed quickly. The most urgent dashboard lights include, a low oil pressure light, temperature light, brake light or battery light.
If you don’t park in an enclosed area, make sure you park your car in the shade to prevent exterior damage caused by UV rays and protect your car’s paint job. If a shaded area is not available, use a car shade to minimize the sun’s impact.
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