Our Top Car Safety Checks to Carry Out Yourself

25 September 2019 / raj@smarter-media.co.uk
A car is a complicated piece of machinery, and many of us, especially in rural areas would be stuck if it was out of action.
Legally car owners are obliged to carry out regular services and an annual MOT which will pick up any major problems. However, there are a number of checks you can carry out at home to ensure your car remains on the road between


It is crucial to keep an eye on your fuel gauge especially if you are in an unfamiliar or rural area. It could be a long walk to a petrol station or an expensive call out if you run out of fuel. 


Check your lights are not cracked or blown. If they are blown replace them immediately. 

Even if washing your car isn’t a high priority, your lights aren’t efficient if they are trying to shine through weeks of grime and mud. 


In a lot of vehicles, there is no light to show when your coolant is low so checking the coolant level regularly will help to prevent your car from overheating and breaking down. 


If your battery is more than three years old it may be worth considering a test and if necessary replacement. It is better to pre-empt a battery failure as they never fail at convenient times.


Don’t wait for the oil light to come on before you check your oil levels.  A car engine can use up to one litre of oil every 1,000 miles. 


There is no light to show when your water is low so check the water levels regularly to prevent your car from overheating. 


Do the 20p test to identify whether your tyres need replacing. Pop a 20p piece in the tyre tread and if the outer band is hidden you are good to go. If not, they are bald and need replacing. 

To ensure your car is running smoothly, why not book it in for a service with the team at Automax