If you’re trying to make your car rides safer and more comfortable, but also want to ensure your vehicle serves you for many, many years, you need to adopt some good car habits. What that exactly entails? There are a few things you might want to introduce to your car care routine and you can find out all about them here:
Follow speed limit
The best habit to adopt is definitely respecting the speed limit. This will not only ensure you and all people around you are safe, but it will also spare your car from a lot of wear and tear. Most car engines are designed to perform optimally when driven around the highway speed limit. This will reduce visits to the mechanic and lower your petrol consumption.
Avoid heavy cargo
Your compact car is definitely not made for hauling heavy loads, so make sure to control what you transport. Heavy loads will speed up wear and tear on all systems, especially your brakes, transmission and suspension. So don’t use your car’s boot as storage space for heavy boxes, bulk packets of drinks or any sort of equipment and tools.
Warm up your car
While you don’t have to leave your car on idle for too long, it’s smart to let it warm up a little before you take off. Thirty seconds is usually enough to get all the car juices flowing, especially if you don’t drive too often. The weather doesn’t play any sort of special role here, and you can adopt the habit of warming up no matter if you live in the cold UK or sunny California. The biggest benefit of warm-up time is the fact that it forces you to clear your mind, focus on driving, set up your driving position, turn on your GPS and choose a playlist. Messing with these things while you’re driving is very dangerous.
Check air filters
All respectful drivers know to check air filters in their wheeled pets. Clogged air filters can cause many vehicle issues due to reduced airflow and particle build-up. A bad air filter will reduce airflow and combustion and negatively impact vehicle performance. Faulty filters can also cause air quality issues in the cabin as well as emission control system issues. If you live in colder regions like the UK where you can’t keep your windows open all year round, this can be a big health hazard. Plus, the emission laws are very strict. Experts recommend getting your filters changed once a year or every 12,000 miles. You can visit your mechanic or change this car part at home in 10 minutes and save yourself some money.
Inspect tyre pressure and fluid levels
Tyre pressure should never be ignored. Since these four wheels are what keeps you rolling safely, comfortably and efficiently, your tyres need to be regularly inspected. Make sure to check tyre pressure regularly, and have your wheels balanced and tyres rotated. These habits will prolong the life of your tyres and you can easily check the pressure and rotate tyres yourself.
Checking car fluids is also important (and very easy). All you need to do is wait until your car cools, pop the bonnet and inspect the oil dipstick. You will easily notice the level of oil in your car and know whether you need to top it off. If the colour of the oil is sketchy, make sure to replace it. While you’re there, inspect power steering fluid levels and look for any signs of wear and tear on hoses and belts. If you’re not good with remembering to check all of these things, set a monthly reminder on your phone.
Ensure good ventilation
Having a car cabin filled with fresh and clean air is key to safety on the road. But what can you do when capricious UK weather doesn’t allow you to roll down your windows? In that case, you can install a car window rain guard that will prevent rain and snow from getting into your car while allowing proper ventilation and cooling. These also reduce wind noise and turbulence and those unpleasant gusts of wind that can ruin your hair.
Keep it clean
For many people in the UK, their car is their second home, so they tend to fill it with rubbish and dirt pretty fast. However, driving when surrounded by clutter can be uncomfortable and unhygienic. Clean car exterior will reduce wear and tear and improve your visibility, while the clean interior will provide you with a better and safer driving experience. In order to prevent dirt and rubbish build-up, wash your car once a week and always take out the rubbish when you leave. If you want to reduce the cleaning and washing time, keep all your gear and tools in one place in your garage or basement.
Clean your headlights
Clean and functioning headlights are your best friends during night rides, so make sure to always clean them and keep them repaired before heading out with your car. This can prevent tickets and accidents and save lives. Replacing a headlight bulb takes only about 15 minutes while giving your headlights a polish takes less than an hour.
Cover it up
This might seem like a tedious task, but once it becomes a habit, it will do a lot of good for your car. Covering your car with a tarp will keep it away from sunlight, rain, hail, snow, leaves and bird dropping. No matter how much you wash your car, sun’s radiation, weather and nature will leave their mark unless you invest in a nice cover. If you have a garage or carport, try not to be lazy and keep your car in under the roof whenever you can.
It will take you some time to fix your bad car habits and adopt good ones, but your effort will be all worth it. These tips will ensure you’re safe in your car and that your every ride is comfy and cost-effective.