1. Check your tyre pressures every 2 weeks, this will maximise the tyre wear and end up costing you less at the fuel pump, not to mention tyres. Correct tyre pressure will also optimise your vehicle’s handling for greater driving safety.
2. Never let your petrol get lower that ¼ tank. If you consider ¼ tank to be your ‘new empty’ you will never run out of petrol, which not only could compromise your safety, but it is not good for your fuel tank and fuel pump to run dry.
3. Lock all of your doors whenever you get into your vehicle. This will keep you safe from any potential car jackers or thieves who might want to steal your handbag from the front seat. It also can increase the structural integrity of your vehicle in a ‘rollover’ accident by preventing the doors from flying open.
4. Check your wiper blades regularly. The wiper blade rubber can perish easily and if you leave it until the next time you are driving in heavy rain, you may not be able to see properly. In addition, do not add anything to the wiper washer water except the correct water conditioner, as things such as detergent etc. can actually perish the wiper blade rubber.
5. Assemble an emergency break down kit and keep it in your car. These should include: Torch, WD40, emergency Tyre Sealer, Petrol Can, Jumper Leads, Oil Container, Water Bottle (2 Litres), First Aid Kit, Wet weather Jacket, Reflector Signs or Triangles, Ground Sheet, Wheel Chocks.
6. Check your tyre wear each month. Locate the tyre wear indicators on your tyres and track the tyre wear. If you regularly rotate and balance your tyres you will get maximum life from your tyres.
7. Check your spare tyre and jack kit and make sure that all the components are where they should be and the spare tyre has the correct pressure. Don’t find out your spare is flat or your jack is incomplete when you are parked on the side of the road somewhere with a flat!
8. Regularly check that all of your tyres have valve caps. These tiny inexpensive items can save you money and extend tyre life! Without valve caps, tiny pieces of dirt can penetrate the tyre valve and cause a slow leak of tyre pressure, thus impacting on tyre wear.
9. If you vehicle does overheat, do not put COLD water into the radiator or reservoir. Wait until the engine cools and put room temperature water in.
10. Find out what brand, grade and type of oil is being used in your car, and continue using the same oil for oil changes and top ups. Different grades of motor oil, ie synthetic vs mineral do not mix well and could cause serious engine problems.
Jacqui & Joanne
Women On Wheels