The vehicles we drive represent some of the most significant investments we make in life. When you factor in the cost of the vehicle itself, as well as the ongoing costs associated with maintenance, insurance, and fuel, then you might spend thousands upon thousands of pounds during a motoring lifetime.
The good news is that we can limit the costs by adopting a few simple driving habits, thereby extending the lifespan of the vehicle. So, what are these habits?
Make regular checks and replace everything accordingly
To function properly, you car relies on a range of fluids. There’s the engine oil, which serves to lubricate the moving parts and distribute heat; there’s the coolant, which ferries heat away from the engine and toward the radiator; then there’s the screenwash, which keeps your windscreen clear, and prevents freeze-ups during winter.
By monitoring all of these fluids, along with the other sensitive components in your car, you can preserve the lifespan of the vehicle, and prevent any deleterious knock-on effects.
Be mindful of bad driving
The better you drive, the less likely you are to be involved in a collision. We can think of this as a natural extension of the car’s lifespan. But we might also consider that certain driving habits, like heavy acceleration and braking, or sudden turning, can lead to premature wear on your tyres and engine – particularly if you’ve started the car on a cold winter’s day.
Keep an eye on the tyres
By the same token, the tyres themselves are worth attending to. Give them a check every so often, and ensure that the tread depth is well above the legal limit. The shallower the tread, the greater your risk of aquaplaning, and the greater your overall stopping distance.
Clean it regularly
If dirt is allowed to sit on your car for long periods of time, then it might damage the paint job. This, in turn, will allow moisture to seep into the bodywork, which will create rust. The way to prevent this is to regularly treat your car to a thorough wash. You can learn how to do this effectively, or you might pay for a valet service that will do the job on your behalf.
Don’t run low on fuel
We should also mention the potential risks associated with running very low on fuel. While you’ll have less weight to shift, and, therefore, superior fuel economy, you’ll also be picking up the debris and sediment that tends, over time, to settle at the bottom of your fuel tank. This applies in particular if you’re running a diesel. Keep the tank more than one-quarter full, and you won’t run into problems.