Every day we take care of many things: our body, home, pets. Even the car needs some care because it is always ready to take us from one point to another at any moment.

Here are ten tips to better take care of our cars.

1. Carry out major maintenance

A car, however reliable it may be, will always need maintenance when it reaches a certain age. Just as a man of a certain age thinks that perhaps it is appropriate to book a check-up in a health center, in the same way the car will have to be brought to your trusted mechanic to be checked periodically. In this way it is possible to replace more or less expensive elements which, if excessively worn, could break, sometimes causing much more serious problems. It is impressive how sometimes, with a relatively low cost, it is possible to avoid replacing much more expensive elements.

2. Check for yourself what you succeed

Not everyone is capable of servicing their car. Some of you will feel like a child in front of a nuclear physics book when you open the hood. This is not a problem: everyone has their own skills. However, if you are able to perform some small checks on your own it is an excellent result. Some basic elements to check are:

  • Tire pressure (especially before a long journey it is ideal to check that the tire pressure is equal to that which is indicated on the tire pressure sticker which can be read on the side of the driver’s door once it has been opened).
  • Engine oil : engines work thanks to the movement of numerous moving parts which, as such, must be constantly lubricated to prevent them from breaking. You can therefore check that there is a sufficient quantity of engine oil using the special yellow rod: with the car stopped and the engine off for some time, remove the rod, dry it and put it back in place, extract it again and check that it is dirty. an area between the minimum and maximum indicated on it. If you need to top up, use the same type of oil indicated by the manufacturer (even better if it is of the same brand as the one already contained) to prevent lumps or solid deposits from forming.
  • Brake fluid : this can be checked visually thanks to the special tank inside the bonnet. The fluid must be within the minimum and maximum levels to ensure proper operation of the braking system.
  • The washer fluid : many manufacturers do not create tanks whose contents can be verified therefore, in case of doubts, top up the contents with the special liquid that can be easily found on the market even in convenient economic five-liter bins.
  • If you are able, check the wear of the brake pads .
  • The wiper blades that must not be dry or damaged.
  • Operation of light bulbs .
  • Tire wear .

3. The garage

Thanks to a garage, your car can sleep peacefully when not in use. First of all, it won’t be at the mercy of malicious people who may have seen you use it. Secondly, it won’t be exposed to sunlight on summer days, and that way, the interior and paintwork will thank you.

4. The alarm

With a good anti-theft device equipped with satellite locator, anti-lifting and immobilizer you will have the opportunity to protect the car from thieves and robbers. If you usually park in dark, isolated and uncrowded places, a good set of mechanical alarms will be for you: they will not prevent the thief from stealing your car but will waste a lot of time (for example in removing the steering lock) and will risk be seen by any passersby while the siren sounds.

5. Comprehensive insurance

An insurance will not materially protect your vehicle but will allow you to obtain more or less rapid compensation based on the contract you have stipulated with the company in the event of: natural events such as a hailstorm, theft, various damage and accidents. There are many policies with related packages: choose the one that’s right for you (eg theft and fire, glass policy, vandalism, etc.). Keep in mind, also in relation to point 4, that in some cases the insurance will apply discounts in case of installation of a specific anti-theft device.

6. Common Sense

If you have to choose where to park and you have an illuminated multi-storey car park with cameras and an isolated and dark car park in a seedy area of ​​the city, opt for the former. The but yes, it will never happen to me anyway it may not work forever.

7. Repair damage quickly

If you care about aesthetics and safety, try not to use a damaged car without first having it repaired. Although it works correctly there may be some invisible damage that has compromised the function of the frame.

8. Quality fuel

If you have news of a gas station attendant who charges excessively low prices and you hear of motorists who have had serious problems, avoid contacting him. Probably the quality of the fuels sold is not excellent and could cause a lot of damage.

9. Cleaning

Clean and sanitize the passenger compartment twice a year (which requires constant cleaning to a lesser extent) so that you always live in a healthy and clean environment. Preparing the vehicle for the change of season can be essential to obtain the best performance.

10. Use suitable tires

Each season has its tires that guarantee the best possible performance at any temperature thanks to the wise use of different compounds and materials depending on the characteristics of the soil and the climate in which you are.

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