Unless you’re constantly swapping your car for a newer model, you’ll want to be keeping your car on the road for as long as possible. Most drivers want their vehicle to live a long and healthy life, to serve them as long as they can. While the amount of miles you drive can have an impact on the life of your car, there are various other ways you can reduce wear and tear and keep your vehicle in tip top shape.
Here are some useful tips for looking after your car and making sure it lasts the test of time. Nobody wants the expense of buying a new car if they can get more years out of their current one.
Avoid short trips
You may have heard that using vehicles for short trips only is not a good idea. This is because if you’re only driving your car to the local supermarket or picking the kids up from school, the vehicle doesn’t reach its full operating temperature. If you regularly do short trips of ten minutes or less, it could result in excess wear and tear and reduce the life of the vehicle.
The best way to look after your car is to make sure it is well maintained and looked over by a professional at least once a year. A bit of maintenance and small repairs take a little time and won’t break the bank, but they can extend the life of your vehicle. An annual car service is recommended but it is voluntary for older cars. A mechanic will change the oil and air filters, clean the brakes and check all lights and fluid levels. This is essential maintenance for keeping the car running but also gives the opportunity for small issues to be flagged, which could lead to bigger problems.
Check your tyres
Well maintained tyres improve the safety and efficiency of your vehicle as well as the shelf life of the tyres – so why would you skip tyre maintenance? Be sure to check the air pressure and tread depth of your tyres regularly, especially before long journeys. If you spot any potential problems head to a local garage to see what can be done – if you get a problem seen to as soon as possible you could save yourself from costly repairs in the future.
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