• Posted on Jan 5, 2018

How well do you take care of your car? Keeping your car in pristine condition is not always easy, especially if you have kids and/or animals. However, caring for your car is essential if you want to ensure maximum safety and get a good deal on your car when you decide it’s time for an upgrade.

1. Don’t drive without car insurance

South Africa is among the countries with the worst road traffic injury statistics in the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best driver in the world or if you’re driving very short distances in your car - an accident can happen at any time. If you get into a car accident without car insurance, you may end up carless for a while. Rather bite the bullet and pay for car insurance to ensure your car, one of your biggest possessions, is covered.

2. Protect your car from the sun

Like humans, cars need to be protected from the harsh sun. To prevent sun damage, such as discolouring on your paint job or dashboard, try your best to always find a shady parking and purchase a sun visor to protect your car’s interior.

3. Take your car in for regular services

Regular services are a must for your car. Don’t wait for a major problem before you take your car to a mechanic. Making sure that your car is functioning efficiently will improve the engine lifespan, ensure better fuel economy and minimise chances of a breakdown.

4. Don’t ignore any warning signs

Is your check engine light flashing? Are your brakes making a screeching noise? All these little warnings should be seen to as soon as possible to avoid bigger problems in the long run.

5. Check your tyre pressure

Checking your tyre pressure will prevent fuel wastage, blowouts and general damage to your tyres. The best part is you don’t have to go out of your way to get your tyres pumped up properly - just ask any petrol attendant to check your tyre pressure while you fill up your petrol tank at a petrol station.

6. Don’t smoke in your car

Smoking in your car can decrease the resale of your car - some people will refuse to buy a car that has been smoked in for a long time. Don’t risk selling your car for less because of smoking.

7. Lastly, always drive well

The way you drive affects your car. Driving calmly and ‘nicely’ will increase the engine life of your car, ensure better fuel efficiency and prevent accidents from happening. Although you may be in a rush to get somewhere, driving safely and cautiously should be your number one priority.