Last week, in honour of International Women’s Day, we shared a list of 10 things every woman needs to have in her car. Ladies, we still have some more great car maintenance tips for you! This week, we’re sharing 5 easy car maintenance tips every woman should know. Keep reading to find out what you need to do to preserve the life span of your car.
Check your brakes frequently
It’s so easy to get carried away with our daily lives and we tend to pay little attention to our car, other than the occasional oil change and filling up the gas tank. It almost becomes a routine. But there are some problems that can cost you big problems if overlooked, or left unattended for too long. One thing that can cost you a lot if left unattended are your brakes. Be sure to pay close attention to the sounds your brakes make while you drive. If you start to hear a squealing noise when your brake, it may be time to change your brake pads. Another great tip you can practice to maintain your car is to keep a safe following distance between you and the car in front of you when driving. This will reduce the times you slam unexpectedly on your brakes which happens frequently when you drive closely behind a car.
Learn how to change a flat tire
With the way our roads are set up in Nigeria, you’re probably more likely to run into a flat tire than any other car maintenance problem. But what’s worst than having a flat tire in the middle of Lekki expressway than not knowing how to change your fat tire. Think about how much time you could save instead of waiting for someone to come fix your tire. More importantly, you’ll look like a total rock star!
Know your gas
Different cars need different grades of gasoline. Most subcompact and SUV’s rely on regular gasoline while luxury cars usually require premium gas. Did you know the weight of your car affects the cars gas consumption? The heavier the weight of the car, the more power the car will need to move. Similarly, the more people you have in your car, the more fuel you car consumes.
Clean your worn out wiper blades
The rule of thumb is to replace your wipers every 6 months. This is super easy since they are usually hawked on the streets! Remember to keep them clean by wiping them regularly and watch out for cracks.
When you buy a new car, it is advisable to get familiar with your owners manual. If you’ve recently bought a used car, do your due diligence and educate yourself by researching about the car on the internet. Here are a few routine thing you can do to take care of your car:
- Check under the hood: Check as frequently as possible. Once every week or every 2 weeks.
- Do a tire rotation: Every 6,000 miles following the manufacturers rotation recommendation. If you have a matching spare, include it in the rotation as well so when it is time for change, it will run as smooth and last as long.
- Align & Balance: Have car checked every 10k-12k miles or the first time you notice unusual steering or a vibration at highway speeds.
- Tune up, Filters and Timing belts: Make sure you follow up with manufactures recommendations
- Oil change: Every 3000 miles with oil filter
All these things sound like a lot of work but in the long run it will save you a lot of money. Do you have any tips for maintaining your car? Share them with us!