Owning a car is a great way to ensure your own independence and flexibility. You can go wherever you want, whenever you want and no matter the weather! But cars can be a big responsibility, too. If something goes wrong, it can often be very costly. As such, it’s really important to take proper care of your car to ensure it lasts as long as possible and needs as few repairs as possible. Here are my top 3 tips for taking good care of your car so you can continue to enjoy all the freedom it provides you with!
1. Drive Sensibly
The way you drive will make a huge difference to how well your car lasts, especially as the years add up. The quality of the roads you’re driving on make a huge difference too. If you’re somewhere where there are a lot of potholes, you’ll quickly see how much that affects the car and how much faster it will deteriorate. I live in an area with a lot of potholes, and I think it’s definitely impacted my car in a negative way. I cringe whenever I accidentally drive too fast and find myself going over an unexpected pothole. Check out this interesting post about potholes in the UK to see how much potholes really cost in terms of damage to cars and accidents. In some parts of the UK, it’s becoming a bit of a #PotholePandemic which hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages collected each year!
2. Regular Services
It can feel really excessive taking your car in for oil changes and services every six months or whenever you click over to the correct mileage, but the truth is not doing these regular check ups often ends up costing you more. For example if you run out of oil, that can result in a completely ruined engine. Having your car regularly serviced not only can help prevent issues, but it can also help you pick up on things that could be potentially dangerous before they’re a problem which will save you in the long run. Things such a brake pads, for example, are something you might not notice until it’s too late but with regular check ups your mechanic will pick up on them well before there’s a real problem.
3. Sun Protection
Sun can really damage a car’s paint job, making it look aged. Although most newer cars have really durable paint, harsh weather and being in the sun for hours and hours a day can really impact how your car looks. Where possible, always keep your car in a garage to ensure that it stays as fresh looking as possible. If you don’t have access to a garage, it might be worth investing in a car cover to keep the paint as nice as possible.
Owning a car is such a great way to be able to get where you need to whenever you want, a safe way to transport your family members and makes commuting so much easier. With these three tips you can take care of your car so that it lasts the distance.