Car Maintenance Made Easy: 4 Easy Tips to Keep Your Car in Top Condition
Taking care of our vehicles has become quite a chore. Our busy lives don’t mix well with long sessions of car maintenance and washing, but thankfully there are ways to reduce the amount of time we spend tending to our cars so that we can spend more time driving it.With the winter season in full swing, it has become even more important to take care of your car during winter. Switching out the tires, carrying a can of de-icer and also a scraper tool to scratch off bits of ice from your car is essential to surviving in the harsh weather.
However, winter isn’t the only season when you need to take care of your vehicle. So whether you own an expensive car like the 2016 Lamborghini Aventador or a family car like a Vauxhall Astra, here are some of the easiest ways to ensure your car is ready for every season.
Give your car a serious clean
A proper one, not just the outside via a drive-in car wash or spraying it with water from a garden hose. A deep clean is essential to keep both the insides and outsides of your car sparkling and clean because grime buildup can get nasty, and no one likes to have nasty smells inside the car. If you’re a smoker, it’s even more important to get those ash stains out of your car and the horrible smoke smell from the seats. If you don’t wash your car, then it can attract a lot of nasty dirt that could potentially damage your vehicle.
Take it to a maintenance shop
Maintenance shops can be very general or they can be very specific towards your brand of vehicle. For example, a Honda service centre can specialise in deep cleaning, maintenance and repairs for a Honda car. They can probably manage most general repairs from other cars, but their mechanics are trained to work with a specific model. Taking your brand new Aston Martin DB11 to a Land Rover repair shop will get you funny looks, and most garages are capable of handling a common vehicle such as a Ford Fiesta.
Store your vehicle properly whenever you don’t drive it
It’s easy to leave your vehicle in the driveway or exposed inside a garage when you’re on holiday or don’t plan to drive it for a while. If you’re going to be out for a while then make sure your car has a cover over it, make sure it’s got enough gas for when you need it, and rev it up now and then to ensure the battery is fresh. If you don’t store your vehicle properly, it could lead to the battery being drained, the exterior getting grimy and sometimes insects or other small animals can invade the vehicle—you don’t want your 2016 Fiat 124 Spider to literally have spiders nesting inside of it.
Keep an eye on tire pressure
Your shiny new Enkei Tenjin wheels won’t do much with a flat tire. It’s a good idea to check your tire pressure every month or so. If you drive regularly, then perhaps every two weeks is a better time frame. It could make your breaking take longer, your car could be unstable, you’ll get less gas mileage and you never want to have a busted tire in the middle of the road. Make sure you get a tire pressure gauge and make sure you check the tires and fill them up whenever they need it.