Who’s the love of your life? Someone who gets you where you need to be, will sit for hours with you in a traffic jam without complaining and doesn’t laugh when you sing along to the radio? We put our cars through a lot, so here at Motors.co.uk, we’ve compiled a list of the top five ways you can love them back.
1. Declutter – give rubbish the boot
You’ll be amazed at the amount of clutter that builds up. Receipts and parking tickets are a mainstay of most dashboards and let’s not mention that empty can which has been rolling around the passenger foot well for months. It’s time to ditch the dirt. Not only will clearing out the rubbish make your interior look better, removing any food packing will also prevent mould and bad smells in your car.
Don’t forget about the boot when decluttering. The boot tends to be the place where we chuck things to forget about them. Remember though, extra weight in cars affects fuel consumption, meaning your wheels and wallet will thank you for clearing it out.
2. Time to clean your act up
A good clean extends to more than just a cold rinse with the hosepipe – it’s time to get out the wax and polish. Don’t forget the headlights, which are often neglected when cleaning the car. These can become discoloured over time, and some motorists even use a little toothpaste to reverse the yellowing. Alternatively, pick up a kit like Meguiar's One Step Headlight Restoration Kit.
3. Check it inside and out
Now your car is clean it is time to make sure it’s in top condition. Check wiper blades as the warm weather (yes, this is a possibility!) may have dried out the rubber and it could be time to replace them. New blades are relativity inexpensive and you’ll notice the difference.
Take time to properly look over your vehicle for any nicks or scratches in the paint work. Touching these up will help make your car looks its best but will also help to protect it, as paint forms an important barrier against rust. Just double check the colour first!
4. Get out your dipstick
As important as it is to show the outside some love, sometimes you just have to get your hands dirty. Ensuring oil is topped up, with the right grade, and screen wash is fresh is something everyone can do. But, if you are mechanically minded you could try replacing filters or spark plugs. Keeping the engine in good running order is an important part of owning and loving a car so show a bit of TLC and do this regularly.
Tyre care is a vital tool in looking after your car. It keeps you and those around you safe, as well as potentially saving you money in terms of fuel consumption. Don’t forget, tyre care includes the spare wheel too, if you have one.
The legal minimum tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm. A quick and easy way to see if your tyre treads exceed the minimum legal tread depth is to take the 20p test.
Alongside tread depth, properly inflated tyres allow you to brake more quickly, avoiding danger on the road as well as delivering better handling and fuel consumption. You’ll be able to find the correct pressure for your vehicle in one of three places: in the fuel cap, inside the door frame or under the visor. Check your pressure at least once a month and before going on long journeys.
One initiative helping drivers tackle underinflated tyres is WheelRight at Keele services, an innovative new drive-over technology which measures tyre pressure without you even having to leave the driving seat.