We have put a list of tips and tricks together to help keep your car running optimally.

1. Check your radiator and cooling system

Once the machine has cooled, you can remove the radiator cap and check the level in the radiator, too.
While you have the bonnet open, check the hoses and pipes similar as those leading to and from the radiator and heater.

2. Check your oil

Do it at least monthly. How to do it:
1. Situate your car on flat ground
2. Start the engine, let it run for a short time, and also turn it off. While the car is warm, remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a clean cloth or tissue paper. Reinsert the dipstick – make sure it’s completely inside, or you will get a false reading. Remove the dipstick and check the oil level. Don’t start the car if there isn’t any oil on your dipstick!

3. Check your tyres

The correct tyre pressure for your auto is located on the tyre, which is generally inside one of the car doors.
It’s also important to check the tread of all your tyres. The legal minimum tread depth is 1.5 mm. Also, check your tyres for abnormal wear and tear and damage.

4. Checking battery condition

Caution Your battery is potentially dangerous, so do not check it near a flame or lit cigarette. Batteries produce an explosive gas when they charge.
Checking your battery frequently can save you from an unanticipated flat. You can regularly take a look and by doing so, increase its lifetime.
Check that the clamps are tight on the battery outstations.

5. Transmission and power steering fluids

Low transmission and power steering fluid could indicate a bigger problem with your vehicle. The right way to check your power steering and transmission fluid position differs between makes and models – find out how in the proprietor’s primer.

6. Maintain your windscreen wipers and washer fluid

Washer fluid
Fill your washer bottle with clean water and the right level of washer fluid.

Windscreen wipers
If your wiper blades aren’t cleaning properly it needs to be replaced.

7. Checking your lights

Test your headlights frequently, including your beams – your vehicle reflection in a glass shopfront can be useful if you don’t have someone to help you.

8. Keep an eye out for warnings

You’ll need to visit a mechanic as soon as possible if
• A dashboard warning light remains on
• The temperature gauge shows hot
• Do you hear any unusual noises
• The vehicle wanders or steers to one side
• Leaves oil or coolant on the driveway