Tips and Advice: Looking After Your Vehicle

Our cars are much more than just four wheels and an engine, they’re an incredibly useful piece of engineering that can affect our lives in many ways. Whether they’re taking us safely to and from work every day, or ensuring we can visit our friends and family, or simply getting us from A to B, without them our daily routines would be far more difficult to manage.


With all this in mind then, the importance of looking out for your vehicle cannot be understated and you should be actively monitoring the state of your car and getting any repair work done as soon as you can. If you’re not sure what this involves though, read on to find out some useful tips and advice for effectively looking after your motor.

Carrying out regular checks

There’s lots of little aspects that can affect the performance of your car, or indeed make it unsafe to drive. So, before you head out on a journey you should check the following:

  • Your tyres have a legal tread depth and are properly inflated
  • All your lights are working
  • Your brake lights are working
  • The windows and bodywork of your car are intact (free from chips, damage and rust)

What to look out for when driving

At the same time, when driving you should look out for:

  • Increased fuel consumption (indicating a possible leak)
  • Loss of power or the engine feeling sluggish
  • Difficulty changing gear, or jumpy transmission
  • Your brakes don’t feel as responsive (the pads may be worn)
  • Any strange noises such as tapping or grinding which might mean you have loose fittings

What you need to do

There are a number of more straightforward tasks you can carry out yourself, but you should have your car checked and fixed by professionals at a nearby garage. While some may argue this can be an expensive process, there are ways to help manage the expense such as loans from providers. What’s more if you ignore your car’s issues and leave these to get worse, the cost can become even more substantial.

Looking after your car really can be as straightforward as this. So make sure you use some of the above advice and help to ensure your car stays on the road, and more importantly, continues to provide you with the convenience you need.

Wilko is a full-time motoring journalist with an obsessive interest in all things automotive.