October 1, 2015

Now that you finally have your driver’s license, you’ll be excited to take your vehicle for a spin. However, as a new driver you should know a few things about your car before you take it out on the road. Here are some basic automotive tips from the team at Autostop Greerton that will help you save on expensive repairs and also prove to be useful if your car breaks down.

Automotive Basics
Always keep your hands on the steering wheel. You may want to fiddle with the radio or answer your mobile. This is not on. When you speak on the mobile or change radio station, your focus gets diverted from the road. This is one of the leading causes of accidents. So never try and do this while driving.

Always check the oil. Every time you fill up with petrol, ask the attendant to check the oil. If necessary, top it up. You also can check it yourself by checking the dipstick. Be sure to park the car on a level surface and switch off the engine before checking the oil. Be aware of the kind of oil the manufacturer recommends for your vehicle, so that you do not use a different kind which could create problems.

Make sure you keep a close watch on your tyres. Things like treads, looking for embedded objects or cracks are what you should be keeping an eye out for. Also, each time you fill petrol, make it a point to check the tyre pressure. The right tyre pressure will keep your tyres from getting worn out too quickly and also maintain the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.

Another automotive basic is to check all the lights in your vehicle before you hit the road. Headlights, taillight and brake lights should be checked, especially if you intend driving in the dark. In fact, make it a point to check all lights at least once a month.

Go to an authorised workshop to get a periodic WOF inspection done. During this inspection, you will find out whether your vehicle needs repairs to make it roadworthy.

These are some automotive basics that all drivers, new and experienced, should use to ensure their vehicles are running properly and preventing roadside mishaps.