Tips To Avoid A Car Breakdown
Breaking down can be a traumatic experience – a mechanical failure can prevent your car from operating or make it difficult or dangerous to drive. There are things you can do to protect your vehicle – take a look at a few tips to avoid a car breakdown…
Know Your Car
It’s important that you know your car basics – how to open the bonnet, where your spare wheel is if you have one, and what to do if you don’t. Do you know here the jacking points are and where the lock wheel nut, key, jack, and wheel braces are? General knowledge will make you more competent and aware of potential faults.
Do Regular Checks
These should include the battery, cooling system, tyre pressures, wipers, and fluids – all of which are crucial to keeping your car in safe working order. Engine oil is another vital factor in keeping your car working properly – preventing the build-up of heat and friction in the engine, and allowing all moving parts to work freely. If the engine oil light comes on you must stop as soon as possible to avoid a total breakdown.
Not taking your car for recommended services and MOT can really be dangerous – and can help you avoid breaking down. Experts will let you know if your brake pads need replacing for example, and give you advice about other worn parts. Generally your car should be serviced once a year or every 10,000-12,000 miles. You can choose from a full service to a basic service if done regularly – many garages offer a full winter check as the weather changes.
Select Winter Tyres
This is particularly important if you live in rural areas that are affected by snow and ice during the winter months – these tyres actually perform better in these conditions as they give much better grip and greatly reduce stopping distances. To be effective the temperature needs to be about or below seven degrees centigrade – you’ll then get improved handling and braking efficiency.
Your driving habits will have a direct impact on your car – revving your engine in cold weather can damage internal engine components. Hard stops and starts will cause brake pads and rotors to wear – and riding the clutch will affect the bearings which are essential to keep the clutch working. Dragging the brakes whilst driving downhill will cause significant strain and the build-up of heat in the braking system – simply apply brakes smoothly when coming to a halt and use the gears to control speed.
If you ignore a problem such as warning lights, or strange noises coming from your car you’ll only make the issues worse if you don’t take any action. A quick visit to your local garage where you can explain how your car is driving differently will avoid more costly repairs in the long term. You can get a quote online from experienced mechanics prior to your visit so you have an idea of the price.
Keep the Weight Down
Avoiding a car breakdown can also be done by keeping your car clean and removing any unnecessary weight – as this causes the suspension and brakes to be put under more pressure each time you accelerate, corner, and brake. Extra loads also significantly reduce the fuel economy of your vehicle – all negative impacts.
In The Event of a Breakdown
Recovery 4 cars will provide you with safe roadside assistance for any sort of vehicle breakdown – all you need to do is call and a highly trained driver will quickly be with you. With years of experience in breakdown recovery of cars, motorcycles, and many other vehicles – you can be sure of a safe collection and delivery of your vehicle when you need it most.