It is estimated that up to half of roadside assistance callouts could be avoided if drivers practiced proper vehicle maintenance. On the face of it, this may seem like a surprising statistic, but it makes a lot more sense knowing that fewer drivers than ever before know basic vehicle care. The value of DIY vehicle maintenance cannot be understated; things as simple as waxing or changing the headlights of your car provide a great entry point and will save you a lot of money.
Essential Maintenance Routines
There are a number of relatively simple routines every driver should be doing every few months to protect the health of their car. Many of these are very friendly to beginners and involve little-to-no tinkering.
Oil and coolant levels are a common talking point in the realm of maintenance. Oil lubricates the engine and protects it from corrosion. Because it performs such a critical role, it’s important that you check the levels each month to prevent unnecessary damage to your car.
Depending on the age and model of your car, the oil and oil filter should be changed every three to seven months. Tires are next up on the list, arguably receiving the most wear and tear of any component. Check your tire pressure and tread depth every few weeks, and especially before long journeys or carrying heavy loads.
Waxing may be the easiest and most therapeutic maintenance skill to pick up, especially for the millions who are just beginning to learn. Waxing your car not only makes it look newer; it will protect its paint job from scratches and sun damage.
Because wax creates a smooth surface, dirt will also have a harder time sticking to the paint, making it much easier to clean too. There are a wide range of waxes available today, each catering to different niches. Some provide a greater shine at the cost of more regular waxing, while others are more durable and longer-lasting.
How technology is changing car maintenance
Cars today are loaded with sensors of all kinds, often able to tell you what maintenance is required well in advance of it becoming a problem. Some manufacturers are taking things a step further, however, loading not just the car with sensors, but even the tires.
The Pirelli Cyber tire is equipped with sensors and even 5G connectivity, communicating tire pressure and road surface data to the driver and nearby cars. Using this technology, it can warn drivers about hazardous conditions.
Low tire pressure is both safe and lowers the fuel-efficiency of your car, while worn-out treads will severely hamper your vehicle’s grip on the road. These kinds of technologies will make maintenance even easier and ensure drivers are aware of issues before they become dangerous.
The majority of drivers today think their cars are too complicated to be maintained by an amateur. However, this view couldn’t be further from the truth and has led to a lot of money wasted through vehicle neglect.
Modern road safety depends on drivers taking matters into their own hands and performing basic servicing to maintain the health of their vehicles. Thankfully, awareness is being raised, and connected technologies are emerging to help new drivers get to grips with their car’s needs.