Ensure your vehicle is safe

2016-05-18 06:00

AS they say, prevention is better than cure.
To prevent unnecessary breakdown and repair costs, it is essential to do a routine maintenance check on your vehicle.

• Carrying an emergency kit is essential. Emergency equipment includes, an up-to-date map, cell phone, spare tire and emergency tools such as a torch, screwdrivers, pliers and an adjustable spanner.

Red alert: carry a reflective warning triangle in case of breakdown.

• Check the fluids in your car. The oil, coolant, brake fluid and windscreen wash levels are the obvious ones.

Red alert: the levels for the clutch fluid and power steering fluid is often overlooked, and can lead to accidents.

• Check the tyre air pressure. The correct pressure is normally printed in the owner’s manual or a sticker on the body where the driver’s door shuts.
The maximum pressure is marked on the side of the tyre and should not be exceeded.

Red alert: don't forget to check your spare tyre pressure and make sure you have a jack and the correct tools to change a tyre, some tyres require a special spanner for lock nuts, which is not always mentioned when you upgrade your tyres.

• Check your tyre wear by using a coin or a tread gauge. Ensure you have at least 1/16th" or 1.6mm tread left.

Red alert: tyres heat up on long trips, which can cause blowouts on worn out tires.

• If you have not done a recent service­ and an oil change, doing so before a long trip is recommended.

Red alert: when changing your car's oil always replace the oil filter at the same time.

• Check your car's air filter.
Clean air to your engine improves the vehicles performance and efficiency.

Red alert: remember to change the cabin (pollen­) filter.
These are often ignored in services and if worn adversely affect the quality of air in the cabin.

• To ensure high visibility, make sure the windows are clean.

Red alert: defective windscreen wipers should be replaced.

• All lights and signals should be in working order.

Red alert: take along spare bulbs for headlights, indicators, tail lights, reverse lights.
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