Logbook Loans: How to keep your car in blooming good condition!

Autumn is on its way and we will all become more dependent on our cars to get us from A to B during the darker colder weather ahead. But in order for us to get the best out of our car we need to make sure that we give it a bit of tlc now and again.

This doesn’t have to take up lots of your time, but it’s a good idea to get into a routine of checking your car regularly. This way you will be able to keep your car at its best, and spot any potential problems before they become serious.

To help you remember what needs to be done, we love a reminder that the AA have come up with – the word FLOWER! Here are the six things that you need to check.

 

  • Fuel

 

Yes everyone knows that our car needs fuel to run – unless you have an electric car of course. But many of us fall into the trap of leaving it until the very last minute to top up with fuel,  when the light has already come on and you only have a certain few miles of fuel left.

It is much better to top up regularly, before you get to that desperate stage. Otherwise you risk running out at a bad time. Also if you plan ahead when buying fuel you can shop around to take advantage of special offers rather than just going to the nearest place you see.

 

  • Lights

 

Check all your lights every few weeks to make sure that they are all working. Replace any bulbs as needed and if there is any damage or cracks you need to get that seen to. Also remember to clean your lights so that they can function at their best.

 

  • Oil

 

You really do need to check your oil level regularly as cars can get through up to a litre of oil every 1,000 miles. If you wait until the warning light comes on you may subject your engine to damage. So check in your car’s manual how to check the oil level if you don’t already know, and make sure you do it regularly and top up as needed.

 

  • Water

 

Similarly to checking your oil, also learn how to check the level of water in your cooling system, and top up as needed. Also make sure that you keep your windscreen washer fluid topped up, so that you can always rely on a clean windscreen and good visibility.

 

  • Electrics

 

Different cars have different types of electrics but one common feature is the battery. Battery problems are the main cause of breakdowns, throughout the year, so now is a good time to consider replacing yours if it is getting old. Also ensure that the cooling fan on your radiator is working properly – it should start running when your engine gets hot.

If in any doubt about either of these things it is definitely worth getting a garage to check them for you.

 

  • Rubber

 

Last but definitely not least, check your tyres regularly. If they are not inflated to the correct pressure not only is this potentially dangerous but it is also illegal. It is also illegal to have a tread depth of less than 1.6mm around the entire circumference of the tyre.

So make sure that your tyres have no damage, have sufficient tread, and are inflated to the correct pressure. They will then be safe to drive and should serve you through the autumn and into winter.

 

We hope that these tips help you to keep your car in the best possible condition. If you need any financial assistance with any aspect of car maintenance remember that Logbook Loans offers a range of short term loans, that may be able to help. Click here for more information or to apply online.