Vehicle Breakdown Prevention
Three fluids to check regularly
- Engine oil – This should be checked once a month. It is a very straight-forward process. Open the bonnet, find the dipstick and pull it out. Use a cloth to clean it off, dip it in again and pull it out again. If it’s below the safe level, you’ll need to add more oil. Change the oil as often as your owner handbook recommends.
- Coolant – This keeps your engine cool and without it, your car will overheat. Check it twice a year by opening the radiator cap when your engine is cool. If it’s below the safe line then add more coolant.
- Brake fluid – If your brakes ever feel strange, then this is the first thing to check. It’s on the driver’s side of the car in the brake fluid reservoir and you can check it just by looking at the outside of the container. If it’s brown, not golden, then it needs to be replaced.
Check your battery
A flat or failing battery is actually the single biggest cause of breakdowns, so keeping an eye on your battery and making sure your lights and electrics are off before you switch off the engine is a really simple and effective way to avoid this happening. The battery of your car can often be compared to the battery of your phone. For example, if you make a lot of short journeys, try to go for a longer trip once in a while to properly recharge it. Carrying jump leads in your car in case of a flat battery is also a good idea.
Breakdowns can be caused by empty fuel tanks so fill up before the low-fuel warning light comes on. Surprisingly enough, putting the wrong fuel in your car is a pretty common error. Every year more than 150,000 motorists put the wrong fuel in their car.
Check your tyres
People can often underestimate how important it is to check your tyres on a regular basis. They affect performance and fuel economy. In your vehicle handbook, you can find the required tyre pressure for your car. Having the correct tyre pressure can not only keep you safe on the road but also save you a lot of money on petrol. The wheel alignment should also be checked regularly as it can cause the tyres to wear rapidly and unevenly.
Having your car breakdown for any reason can be stressful. However, if it was for a reason that you could have controlled, it would hurt that little bit more. These helpful tips not only benefit your vehicle but also take the weight off your shoulders. At Chill Insurance, we love nothing more than making your life a lot easier. So why not give us a call on 01 4003400 or visit our website and get a quick quote with us today?