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Owning are car is an investment and just like any other investment it needs to be maintained and well cared for, whether you are driving a new car or a used car it is going to be open to wear and tear from regular use of the car. Taking care to reduce wear and tear can make your car last longer than it normally would, however, there are several things that should be done to reduce wear and tear on your car even if you’re motoring on a budget. This post is designed to help drivers extend the lifespan of their car by minimizing its wear and tear.
Your tyres are the only point of contact between your car and the surface so they should be maintained regularly, keeping the correct tyre pressure is essential for safe braking and handling. Your car will have a recommended tyre pressure, which can be found in your owner’s manual. If your tyres are not correctly inflated it can make driving dangerous as the tyres wear down quickly and is more prone to puncture. Drivers are advised to check their tyre pressure at least once a month to reduce the chances of accidents and damage to the car. You should also get into the habit of rotating your tyres every six months, this process ensures that your tyre tread wears evenly among all four tyres. If your tyres have gone past the point of implementing these suggestions then you can purchase new tyres online and start maintaining them appropriately.
Driving short distances can be very hard for your engine, if you have errands to run you should consider walking or combining all your mini errands into one big errand. Driving short distances are hard on your engine as the engine oil doesn’t reach temperatures high enough to boil off the moisture inside, leaving the oil taring up the insides of the vehicle. If short runs are unavoidable you should consider changing your oils regularly to prevent tar and gunk in the engine.
Changing your engine oil and oil filter regularly is a major element of reducing wear and tear on your car, a universal rule is to change them every 3000 to 6000 miles. This is just a suggestion, but if you want the exact schedule for your car you might be better off checking online or in your owner’s manual. While checking your oils and filters you might want to check the fluid levels for the windscreen wipers and coolants.
Driving aggressively can have a negative impact on your vehicle, it is worth remembering that sudden acceleration and braking can have detrimental effects on your car’s suspension.
Drivers also need to remember that the air filters in your car need to be changed at least once a year to maintain its efficiency. If in doubt you should look at your owner’s manual for the recommended change schedule and how2 to find where to find the air filters in your car.