Better Safe than Sorry!
Checking your vehicle’s tyres, batteries and oil level is essential for smooth and safe driving. Below are a few tips we have gathered to help ensure that your vehicle will not let you down.
Tyres are the only part of the vehicle that touch the ground which is very vital to take every possible care of their health and performance. How can you ensure that?
- Check pressure regularly
Ensure that you check the air pressure in your vehicle’s tyres at least once a week. For best reading, check your tyres when they are cold, and always use a reliable tyre pressure gauge. Tyres running for long distances will take 2 – 3 hours to cool down so avoid inflating the tyres until they cool down. A standard tyre in a passenger car is normally inflated to 35 psi (pounds per square inch); however, it is estimated that the tyre loses 1 psi each month. During the hotter months we recommend reducing tyre pressure by 1 psi.
- Rotate tyres regularly
To even out the wear and obtain the best possible life from your tyres, they should be rotated on a regular basis. We recommend rotating your tyres every 10,000km.
- Do not mix tyres
It is potentially dangerous to mix tyres of different sizes and brands as they have individual handling characteristics and different patterns. Always ensure that your vehicle has tyres with the correct size, speed rating, load capacity and inflation pressure as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.
- Avoid curb impact
Every time you hit the curb with your tyres, you increase the likelihood of fractures occurring in the sidewall of your tyres. So it makes sense to drive and park carefully to avoid contact with curbs.
Your car battery is the heart of your engine’s electrical system and maintaining its health is crucial to keeping your vehicle running faultlessly.
Never attempt to handle car batteries with bare hands. Always use sufficient protective clothing and accessories such as gloves when checking batteries. Always make sure all jewelries are removed from your hands before touching the surface of a battery.
When leaving on long trips (1 week or more) always disconnect the battery from your car before leaving to ensure your vehicle battery life is used to the fullest. Always disconnect the negative cable first and re-connect it last to prevent getting a shock from current overflow. Never lean over the battery when connecting or disconnecting the car battery. Acid from the battery can splash up or sparks can fly into your face.
Choosing the correct lubricants in your motor will ensure your engine runs a long and healthy life. Below are a few tips to always follow when choosing your engine oil:
- Use the correct oil
Using the grade of motor oil recommended by the vehicle manufacturer can improve gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent.
- Check fluid levels regularly
Fluids are vital in keeping your vehicle running smoothly. By checking your oil, transmission and coolant levels regularly you may pick up on a problem before it becomes a costly repair. Always do these checks when the car is cool to get most accurate results, and to avoid injury.