Imagine that you are driving to an important meeting and your car breaks down in the middle of the highway… The sun is blazing outside, you can’t re-ignite your engine after multiple tries, and you have to wait for another half an hour before the tow truck arrives. Think of how much time you will waste and all the unnecessary frustration that you will have to go through.
Preventing major car breakdowns is just one of the many practical reasons why you regular servicing are essential. For a little bit of effort, regular car maintenance can give you great returns. This article aims to inform you of the importance and benefits of servicing your car regularly.
Safety of you and your passengers
Safety is definitely the main reason why you should service your vehicle regularly. Tires, lights, braking and power steering systems are the critical basics that should be in good working condition to ensure driver and passenger’s safety. A simple fault in any of these components can cause accidents. If you haven’t been regularly maintaining your car, you could be putting you and your passengers in unnecessary risk.
Preventing avoidable car breakdowns
One of the most common car breakdowns will be tire punctures. This can be prevented by regularly monitoring of the condition of your tires in terms of the air pressure and tire wear. A rule of thumb is to check your tire pressure every once a month, including your spare tire, and topping up air to make sure the air pressure in you tire is at the recommended PSI (pounds per square inch). As for tire wear, visually inspect your tires to make sure no foreign objects are trapped in the treads, and look out for irregular patterns of wearing. Small conscious efforts like these can reduce your chances of getting a tire puncture and save you from dreaded car breakdowns.
Save yourself from expensive repairs
Do you know that front wheels of front wheel drive cars can wear out two times faster than rear wheels? Regular tire rotations (swapping the positions of tires) every 8,000 km travelled balances the tire wear of tires in different positions and increases the overall lifespan of your set of tires. Aside from tires, regular oil changes are also important for maintaining your engine in good working condition. Insufficient oil or old oil can cause overheating of the engine and lead to engine and motor damages that are costly to fix.
Regular tune ups – the inspection and repair or replacement of vehicle parts – confirms that all your vehicle systems are functioning normally and can help you identify and fix nascent problems before they turn nasty and expensive to fix. Tune ups take a longer time but do not need to be performed as often as oil changes and tire rotations. Most importantly tune ups can help you optimize the performance of your car and maximize fuel economy, and are crucial to lengthening the life of your car.
If you haven’t been servicing your car regularly, now is the time to start. You can be assured that the benefits outweigh the costs. Take your first step today and experience the satisfaction!