I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a bit of a rollercoaster due to COVID. With many of us working from home to help prevent the spread of the disease this has lead to both a reduction in traffic and fuel prices as many of us have parked our cars up for the foreseeable future.
But what should we be doing to ensure that when we do go to use our vehicles that they actually start up again without any issues? Below we have outlined simple vehicle checks you can make to help keep your vehicle in good shape ready for when you return to work.
Simple vehicle checks to make:
Oil is essential to keeping your vehicle running efficiently. You should check the oil level is between the minimum and maximum marker on the vehicles dipstick.
If it needs topping up and you’re not sure which type of oil you need to use, you can always refer to your vehicle handbook or give us a call.
Tyres are essential for driving as they are the only connection between your vehicle and the road.
It is essential that you check your tyres for wear and tear and most importantly check the tyre tread. It is recommended in summer the tread depth is kept to a minimum of 1.6mm and in winter a minimum of 3mm to help with traction.
Finally, you also need to check tyre pressures. If you are not sure of the correct pressure check your handbook.
If your vehicle is being stood up for a while it is worth leaving it in gear with the hand brake off and putting blocks under the tyres if necessary. This is to try and stop the brakes seizing. It is also worth taking the car for a 30 minute drive every now and again.
Check your vehicles coolant level when it is cold! The last thing you want is your car to overheat or a frozen engine!
Modern day vehicles are full of various electrics powered by the vehicles battery.
It is important to check the battery every so often by starting the vehicle and keeping it running for a good 20 minutes or take the car out for a drive.
While the vehicle is running it is worth checking all your lights are still working by walking around the vehicle.
Turn on your air conditioning to check it is working correctly. If not you will need to have it looked at.
Screen wash is important all year round so check the level in the tank under the bonnet and top up if necessary.
Keeping your vehicle clean inside and out is a good opportunity to check over the vehicles condition and note any damage. In addition it helps to keep your windscreens clear and your number plate visible. Having either of these obscured could land you a fine for driving a car in “dangerous condition”.
If you need help with any of the above checks or have noticed an issue with your vehicle please book an appointment or give us a call.