Follow these steps for a healthier car.
This week HM government extended the deadline on vehicle MOTs due after 30th March by six months. This is in order to minimise all but essential trips from home while self-isolation rules are in place around the global COVID-19 pandemic.
This measure also allows garages to work with skeleton staff, protecting their workforce from catching or spreading the virus, while ensuring that security, emergency and delivery vehicles, as well as key workers reliant on their cars to get to work, are kept mobile.
There are a number of steps we can take to maintain the health of our vehicles and keep them running for longer. These are even more prevalent now to reduce unnecessary strain on the garages who must now focus on keeping our key workforce moving.
Here are 6 steps to keeping your vehicle running better, for longer:
1) Drive smoothly
Driving smoothly means maintaining a reasonable and steady speed without harsh acceleration or braking. While it is recognised that driving smoothly is not always realistic, being conscious to do so as much as possible will contribute to better overall vehicle health.
Not only is this manner of driving more sympathetic to our engines, therefore reducing wear and tear, it will also vastly improve our miles per gallon. Ignoring this advice is particularly detrimental as our engines warm up at the beginning of each journey, increasing the potential damage done as our vehicles adjust.
2) Keep your car clean
A clean car isn’t only about pride of ownership; a deep, regular clean will not only improve your enjoyment of the car but it can significantly improve its lifespan, too.
Grit, mud, leaves and deposits like bird droppings can affect the working mechanisms of the vehicle, and can also accelerate wear and corrosion. This is the case for both inside and outside of the car.
Maintaining a regular cleaning regime becomes particularly important in winter due to the use of salt and grit on our roads and in autumn when the quantity of natural debris on our roads increases.
Read our advice on keeping your car clean during the coronavirus outbreak.