Despite its name, coolant – a mixture of antifreeze and water – isn’t just for winter. Your car needs it all year round to keep the engine at the right temperature. Check your car manual to make sure you stay on top of your car’s coolant needs.
Who doesn’t love sounding their horn? Here’s a legitimate opportunity to give it a blast to check it still works and is loud enough. It’s important to ensure your car’s horn is functioning and clearly audible, in case you need to warn other drivers or pedestrians of any potential dangers.
Start the engine in a well-ventilated space to check for leaks and listen for any unusual noises or smoke.
Before every journey, ensure they are clearly visible from the driver’s view. Otherwise, you may need to give them a quick wipe.
While you’ve got that cloth handy, if your car has a reversing camera, you may also want to give the lens a quick clean.
Test the handbrake and footbrake to ensure they work properly. It’s a good idea to do this on your driveway or somewhere without traffic, so you can give your brakes a go safely.
It’s easy to lose sight of how well your car lights are working. That’s why it’s a good shout to have someone stand outside the car while you test your lights and indicators and confirm if they all work properly, including your fog lights.
Check they are in good condition, with no tears or holes. While you’re at it, scan your windscreen for chips and, if you find any, get them repaired as soon as possible. Chips can sometimes turn into cracks which can require a replacement rather than repair.
Lots of people don’t know what the dashboard warning lights mean. Take time to get to know what they’re about and how you should react to each of them, so you’re not caught by surprise if one comes on while you’re driving.
Watch for the first signs of rust forming and deal promptly with any damage to bodywork to prevent it from setting in. You may think rust is merely a cosmetic problem, but it can actually cause significant damage if it reaches your car’s frame.
Look for signs of animal visitors! Car engine bays can be an attractive nesting area for small rodents at any time of year so if you haven’t driven your car for a while, it’s worth having a look around to see if you’ve had any visitors.