As any experienced motorist will know, there’s no shortage of things that can go wrong with cars. Even if your vehicle has been motoring along without any trouble for months on end, it doesn’t take too much to result in it grinding to a halt. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that you take good care of your car all year round. Of course, winter probably poses more challenges to your car than any other time of the year, but that’s not to say that you won’t encounter challenges in other seasons as well.
It goes without saying, though, that motoring during the winter months can often be particularly troublesome. Not only are the roads that bit more hazardous – even roads you feel you know intimately well can be a different proposition when there’s snow and ice on the ground – but your car is likely to be put through more stresses and strains than at other times of the year. You should give your car a thorough once-over right at the start of the season, just so you know it’s in reasonably good working order. This can save you both money and hassle further down the line, so it’s well worth doing.
Check that your car has the fluids it needs to get it through the winter. You’ll need to check your car’s oil levels regularly, as insufficient oil levels can cause severe damage to your engine. Also, make sure that your vehicle has an appropriate amount of anti-freeze in its radiator. Again, check this regularly to ensure that the level of anti-freeze is somewhere between the minimum and maximum. This could help you avoid having to fork out for repair work as a result of engine trouble in the future. It’s also particularly important to remember that flat batteries are one of the most common problems experienced by motorists in winter. Try to avoid using heaters, lights and so on unless you absolutely need to.
The summer will inevitably pose a host of different challenges when it comes to keeping your car well maintained, but it’s important to remember that problems don’t just occur in the winter time. You should make the effort to ensure that your car avoids damage as a result of lengthy exposure to the sun’s heat. If you can keep your car locked away in a garage or in the shade, it’s worth doing so. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause damage to your car’s bodywork as well as some interior materials.
It may also be a good idea to have a mechanic take a quick look at your car right at the start of the summer. This should help to uncover any potential problems and resolve them before they develop into anything more serious. Regular maintenance is always important when it comes to keeping your car in full working order, so make sure you take the time to check your car’s oil, tire pressure, tire tread and perform other basic maintenance tasks all year round.
Featured images: License: Creative Commons image source This guest blog was contributed by Lesley Sampson a freelance blogger and motoring fanatic who spends far too much time window shopping New Renault cars from Renault Retail.