Car ownership involves certain obligations.
Any car owner is obliged to regularly look after and monitor his “ward”. However, not every driver takes this for granted, writes the Observer.
While modern cars do not need to be regularly blown away, there are 5 things that every responsible driver should do from time to time. These are simple tasks that literally anyone can tackle, and the reward is a long vehicle life and a guarantee of safe driving.
Checking tire condition
Safe driving is primarily based on quality tires in good condition. The car owner should periodically inspect the tires, pay attention to cracks and irregularities on the sidewalls, and assess the general state of wear.
Particular attention is paid to assessing tread depth and tire pressure. The tread depth should correspond to the following minimum – for summer tires it is 1.6 mm, for winter tires – 4 mm. Checking tires for pressure can be carried out using a pressure gauge or at a gas station. Usually, the correct values for a particular vehicle can be found on the body (at the driver’s door) or in the manual. Under-inflated and over-inflated tires are not good.
Listening to the brakes
From a safety point of view, brakes are one of the most important parts of a car. Therefore, it is recommended to pay attention to them while driving – to notice unusual braking sounds such as creaking, grinding, humming or whistling sounds. Other “bells” that something is going wrong are vibration of the steering wheel, brake pedal, or the entire vehicle when the vehicle slows down or stops, as well as difficulty in pressing the brake pedal or deterioration in overall braking.
Engine oil level
The correct amount of oil is essential for proper engine operation – not enough or too much oil can damage the engine. Therefore, it is necessary to check from time to time whether the oil level is between the two reference lines. To do this, park the car on a flat surface, remove the dipstick from the engine compartment, wipe it with a clean cloth, insert it back, then pull it out again and see if the oil level is at the required value. This should be done carefully and preferably with gloves – the oil can be hot. You should also follow the manufacturer’s instructions when adding oil and choosing the correct type of fluid.
Another important liquid that should not be ignored is the chiller. Insufficient (small) amount of coolant can cause overheating and seizure of the engine. The optimum level is marked directly on the coolant reservoir. If the driver detects that there is little liquid, distilled water can be topped up. However, care must be taken when opening the tank – there is also a risk of burns.
Headlights and lanterns performance
The last step is the simplest, but no less important, is to check the optics. All headlights must function normally, and both – if one of them is out of order, there is a risk that, for example, another member of the DD will confuse a car with a motorcycle, and this, in turn, can lead to an accident. You also need to check the functionality of the rear lights – especially the brake lights.
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