Bodywork

  • Deal promptly with damage to bodywork to prevent rust setting in.

Tyres

  • Know the correct tyre pressures for your car and check them at least every two weeks using a good-quality gauge or garage air line.
  • Check tyre tread and condition – look for cuts on sidewalls. If any one tyre needs regular top-ups, it may have a slow puncture.
  • Don’t forget to check the spare as well.

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  • Check the handbook for the location of the basic toolkit for the car that should contain at least a jack and wheel removal tools.
  • Familiarise yourself with the jacking points used to lift the car safely.
  • If locking wheel nuts are fitted make sure that the toolkit includes the key or removal tool.

Engine oil

  • Check the dipstick at least every fortnight and before any long journey.
  • Have the oil and filter changed at recommended service intervals using oil of the correct specification.
  • High oil consumption can indicate engine problems.

Water

  • Check the coolant level regularly and top up as necessary – but only when the engine is cold.
  • Have the antifreeze concentration checked before winter.
  • Antifreeze prevents the build-up of corrosion within the cooling system as well as stopping the coolant freezing so is important all year round.

Wipers

  • Wiper blades wear down over time and smear the windscreen if they become worn.
  • Replace them at least once a year for best performance.

Screenwash

  • Check and top up regularly – it’s a legal requirement that the system works.
  • Use a good screenwash additive through summer and winter – water alone won’t clear oily road grime and freezes more readily in winter.

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  • Check regularly for stone damage as this can impair vision or distract attention.
  • Minor chips can grow and crack the glass but many can be repaired by a windscreen specialist.

Lights

  • Check all lights weekly. Don’t forget indicators, brake and fog lights.
  • Clean lights regularly. In bad weather wipe them over with a damp cloth during driving breaks.

Power steering

  • Ensure that the fluid reservoir is checked at every service, and check it yourself once a month.
  • Top up only using the correct hydraulic fluid as advised in the car handbook.
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