We all want our cars to last as long as possible. After all, typically our vehicles cost us quite a fair amount of money. With that in mind, it makes sense to want to get the most out of them. The last thing you want is to get to the point where you have to take your car to the mechanic. Once in a while, this might be okay, but mostly it is no good. It is also, of course, a safety concern. Driving on public roads is statistically hugely dangerous. It only makes sense, therefore to do everything in your power to minimize your risk of having an accident. There are many sides to this, but the main one is taking proper care of your car. As long as you are looking after your car properly, it is much less likely to fail on you and cause a serious accident. Therefore, car care is not just a matter of saving you money in the long run, though that is one effect. It is also a kind of public duty, and as such you should take care to bear the following in mind. Let’s take a look at the major elements of looking after your car.
Drive With Care
This is, above all, the most important one on this list. This goes far beyond what you might think. It is not just a safety factor, though that is, of course, important. Driving with care means that your car is likely to last a lot longer. This is for a number of reasons. The first, most obvious, reason is that if you drive carefully, you are less likely to crash. However, it goes beyond that. Driving properly means that your car is not being diminished so much over time. It makes sense to put some effort into learning to drive carefully, so that your car lasts longer.
Watch The Tyres
One of the most important parts of any vehicle is the tyres. The tyres of your car are one area which is likely to cause you hassle at one point or another. The vast majority of motorists will experience a flat tyre at some point. This, of course, can be remedied if it occurs, so long as you have a spare tyre. However, it can also be prevented – and that is your best option. To prevent the worst happening when it comes to your tyres, make a point of watching them carefully. Keep on top of the pressure levels, and inflate them if necessary. Also ensure that you are using the correct tyres. If you drive a BMW, then use only BMW car tyres. The same is true of whatever brand you happen to be driving at the moment. Also remember to watch the tread, as this tells you quickly if your tyres need replacing.
Check Your Levels
Another vital part of looking after your car is to check the levels frequently. How frequently to do this is the subject of much debate. However, most are agreed that around once a month is probably more than enough. If your oil levels get too low, this can cause some serious problems for the engine. With that in mind, remember to top it up if it needs it – never just leave it. While you are checking the oil, also check the water. Without enough water, your radiator system could overheat. This can be a seriously damaging problem which may even be dangerous. So take care not to let it happen.
Keep An Eye Out
It is important, as a motorist, to remain vigilant at all times. Something could go wrong with your car at any time, so you should be careful. Really, this is a matter of just keeping your wits about you. If you start to see or smell or hear something strange, don’t just ignore it. Check it out as soon as you can. You never know – you might be stopping something which could have become much worse. It is always better to get it checked out sooner rather than later.
If you want to lengthen the life of your car, then it might be worth learning how to drive efficiently. Many people think that they know how to do this. Yet, when you ask them, they tend to draw a blank. The truth is, there is a lot of mixed information out there about what counts as efficient driving. In fact, it is quite a simple matter – even if in practice it can be tricky to master. Efficient driving is all about knowing when to use the pedals. There is little use in accelerating down a hill, for example. Similarly, try to reduce the amount of braking you do – only do so when it is necessary. Braking too much or too hard can result in some problems with your brake discs further down the line. It is also worth bearing in mind that you gain a lot with your car by only driving when necessary. If you take the simple step of only driving when you really need to, you will be lengthening the life of your car dramatically.
Keep It Parked Somewhere Safe
Most motorists unfortunately forget about this last point. However, it is one of the most important ones on this list. When you hear about taking care of your vehicle, it is often in relation to lengthening the life of it, or ensuring that it is safe to drive. However, there is another aspect altogether to keeping your car in good condition. We are talking, of course, about the security of your car. At the end of the day, car theft is a real possibility – for anyone. Don’t go thinking that you won’t be a victim, because you drive such-and-such a car. The fact is, anyone can be a victim of car theft. To minimize your risk of this happening to you, be careful about where you park it. Obviously, the ideal is in a locked garage. But not everybody has that option. If you have to park it on the street, then keep it as close to your home as possible. What’s more, remember to never leave any valuables on show. The last thing you want is for your car to be broken into.