If you’re a car owner, you’ve got some huge responsibilities. You’ve got a responsibility to be a safe driver – making sure you’re not ducking speed limits and causing harm to others via dangerous driving. You’ve got a responsibility to your family, to taxi them from A to B and ensure they are safe at all times. You’ve got a responsibility to yourself, to drive carefully and look after yourself when other cars are on the road.
You’ve also got a final responsibility to your car itself. The hapless vehicle that transports you around as the thankless task it is. Your car needs a lot of care and if you’re not providing that care? It’s time to step up to the plate and give your vehicle the care and attention it deserves. Otherwise, it’s going to fall apart.
You don’t need to be involved in a complete fender bender for your car to be out of action, no. Negligence is another thing that will ruin your vehicle and prevent it from running. Treat your car as what it is – a piece of fine engineering and indulge in the fine art of looking after your car.
Let’s talk the interior of your vehicle – get it valeted if you’re not going to get down and dirty. Once it’s fresh inside, keep it that way. Wipes are a great thing to store in your car – to get rid of muddy footprints and other marks.
Now, the real interior of your car. The engine is something you’re never ideally going to have to work on – but it will be a cause of massive frustration if you allow it to get corroded and dirty. Clean it! Also – the oil. The engine oil is what lubricates your engine and keeps the parts moving without additional friction. Oil can get dirty, and this means it will be spreading dirt around your engine. The air filter and spark plugs should be regularly changed along with the oil to keep everything breathing and moving under the hood. The air filter can be clogged with dust, and the spark plugs can stop working with age.
Consider the rubber tyres of your car. These should be replaced before they reach 30,000 miles of usage. Your tyres are of massive importance to your car, so make sure they aren’t getting worn down – or you might be a hazard on the road.
It may be worth visiting the auto repair mechanics to get a picture of the overall health of your car. If you can assess issues and dispatch of them before they become a serious problem, you’ll be a step ahead.
Yes, taking care of your car is a constant task – but it’s better than having a dirty, unhealthy car that is going to fail you when you need it the most. You’re going to have to do a lot to get started, but it’s all easily sailing from that point onwards.