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Give Your Car A Health Check

Dec 23, 2007
Checking your car periodically is one of the best ways to maintain safety, and spot any problems as they arise. By running through a standard test of various vital mechanical elements of your car, you can ensure the best chance of survival in an accident, and highlight any problems as soon as they become apparent which can also save on the mechanic's bill.

It's always good practice as a driver to ensure your car is in top roadworthy condition. By carrying out these simple checks frequently, you should minimize the chance of mechanical failure whilst you're driving. The first place you start should be by conducting a break test. Break tests should be conducted frequently throughout a drive, especially when you have driver through puddles or driven in overly wet road conditions. When driving, ensure you are safely ahead of any cars behind, before applying relatively firm pressure to the breaks. This should allow you to get a feel for the responsiveness of the break pads. If you feel breaking is getting slightly sluggish, there may be substantial erosion of the break pads, or some other issue which could need attention. At this point, it may be wise to consider professional assistance.

The next basic check you should make is the condition of your tires. Analyze the length of the tread on the tires, and indeed the pressure, increasing where necessary. Additionally, if you feel your tires are out of alignment, which may happen from time to time, a mechanic should be able to sort this problem without too much hassle.

A simple test you can conduct on your car without too many problems is the oil test. Maintaining oil levels in you engine is essential to ensuring the smooth running of the car's machinery, and so it is essential you check oil levels regularly and remedy any deficiencies. A lack of oil can cause serious problems for any car, so it's best to be on the safe side and check regularly to avoid the situation arising.

You don't have to be a mechanic to make sure your car is in top condition. All you need is an awareness of how your car functions mechanically, and a concern for the well-being of the vital mechanical components of the vehicle, to ensure ongoing safety. By keeping on top of the situation, you can ensure your car is safe to drive for the benefit of other road users and yourself.
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