It’s perhaps fair to say that many of us take our cars for granted. We’ve become so reliant on our cars for easy transportation that we jump in the driver’s seat for even the shortest of journeys; such is their convenience. And in spite of the fact that many of us use our cars daily, we don’t always afford them the due care and attention that they require. Here are four habits that you might have fallen into that could be unknowingly damaging your car.
Neglecting regular services.
Every car needs to be regularly serviced to guarantee its efficiency. At the very least, you should service your car once every year, but taking it to the garage every six months isn’t a bad idea. Services carried out by qualified mechanics identify a whole range of potential issues with your car, and look at the battery, engine, brakes, and other critical mechanisms within your vehicle. Make sure you take your vehicle to a mechanic who you trust and shop around for replacement parts as and when you need them.
Failing to maintain your tyres.
Properly inflated tyres improve the fuel economy of your car by 3.3%. So, even if you don’t think you have a problem with your tyres, regularly checking and maintaining the appropriate tyre pressure will save you money in the long run. Also, if you let your tyres wear out and become bald, you leave them susceptible to punctures and blow-outs, which can lead to an accident or damage to the underside of your vehicle. Checking your tyres once a week is enough to notice any potential issues.
Ignoring fluids other than fuel.
Some people mistakenly think that they only need to worry about fuelling their cars and ignore the other vital fluids to their car’s performance. Your engine must be regularly topped up with oil, and your radiator must be checked for water levels. Neglecting either can cause irreparable damage to your car. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of checking all of your car’s fluids when you stop and refuel your vehicle. While you won’t need to add or change your oil and water all the time, there’s no harm in checking the levels regularly.
Refusing to clean your car.
Aesthetically, dirty cars are unpleasant to look at. But refusing to clean your car can adversely affect the paintwork and structure of your vehicle, particularly if you leave bird droppings unchecked on your roof or bonnet. Bird droppings are highly acidic and can eat into the paintwork of your car. Failing to remove dirt, sand, and other debris from the outside of your car can also scratch the paintwork, which will devalue your car and could potentially cause it to rust in the future.
Given how often we use our cars, we must change our habits and ensure our vehicles are kept in the best possible condition. The four habits introduced above are easy to fall into, but avoiding them ensures your car will remain healthy and consistently take you wherever you need to go.
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