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The 10 quick car checks that you should be doing on a regular basis

12 May , 2017  

As well as reducing your chances of breaking down, by conducting regular checks on your vehicle, it ensures that it is safe to drive and that everything is running smoothly.

We asked the leasing team at Clear for their list of the top ten things that you should regularly check on your car.

 

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  1. Tyres

You should be checking the pressure of your tyres on a regular basis to ensure that the pressure and the condition of your tyres are suitable and safe.

If tyres are not inflated properly then it can potentially cause accidents and breakdowns, as well as affecting fuel efficiency. Look out for cuts and ensure that your tread depth is within the legal limits (which you can find out about here).

  1. Engine oil

Your vehicle can’t run without the sufficient level of oil, so it’s important to use your dipstick to check oil levels every few weeks. This simple check is one of the most basic car maintenance procedures, but it helps to ensure that your car is running smoothly and it is an easy way to catch leaks.

  1. The brakes

Your brakes are essential in stopping your car and preventing accidents, so don’t wait for the screeching sound to tell you that the brake pads are getting old. It’s a good idea to have a professional check your brakes as part of regular maintenance too.

  1. Lights

Be sure to check all of your lights on a regular basis, including brake lights, reverse lights and headlights. Your lights are vital to let other drivers know what you intend to do. If your brake lights are dead, the car behind you could go into the back of your car…ouch.

  1. Windscreen

Driving with a chipped windscreen can be very dangerous; you could drive over a bit of uneven road surface and your whole screen could crack. If the damage can’t be repaired then your windscreen may need to be replaced so that it doesn’t pose a danger.

  1. Water

Regular checks should be done to ensure that your coolant level is between the minimum and maximum marks. Furthermore, you should make sure that you have enough antifreeze in your car so that it can run properly during the colder months.

  1. Fuel

Always make sure that you have the sufficient amount fuel, especially when carrying out long journeys. You shouldn’t wait for your fuel light to come on; top up before any long trip.

  1. Electrics

One of the most common causes of breakdowns is due to battery problems, it’s essential to renew it before it lets you down. Thats roughly every 3/5 years depending on a vehicles age. It’s also a good idea to check that your radiator’s cooling fan starts running when the engine gets hot, you should be able to hear it.

  1. Windscreen wipers

Although it may seem obvious to have a clear view while driving, many drivers overlook the importance of changing windshield wipers when the view becomes streaky. Again these should be changed every two years without fail.

  1. Toolkit

To reduce your chances of breaking down and becoming stranded, it’s a good idea to carry a toolkit with you in your car. If your car has a spare tyre then it’s worth carrying a jack and wrench.

 

These simple checks on your car can help to reduce the risks of accidents and extensive costs.

It’s important to check your car on a regular basis, whether it’s your own car or a car that you have leased, make sure that you’re protecting yourself as well as other drivers.

 

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