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One of the essential parts of car maintenance is regularly checking and topping up fluids. Fluids are needed to ensure that your car works efficiently. Regular checks will save you a lot of time and money.

Motor Oil

The role of motor oil is lubrication. The motor oil acts to reduce friction and lower the rate of wear and tear as a car engine contains moving parts that come into contact with each other.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid keeps the brakes working well. Moisture can accumulate in the brake fluid as you drive your car, making it less effective. It also reduces naturally over time, so you need to change it regularly. Once a year is recommended.

Power Steering Fluid

Another part of the hydraulic system is the power steering fluid which helps you turn the car smoothly and efficiently. Power steering fluid reduces naturally over time, more so if there is a leak in the system.

Regular maintenance is essential for the operational and traffic safety of Cars. This should be performed once a year or every 10,000 miles. The car manufacturer will advise the recommended option.

There is some maintenance that you can do yourself at home.  These include checking your oil levels and quality, top up the water and check the tyre pressures.

There are also some replacement parts you can undertake at home.  You can replace lightbulbs and windscreen wiper blades. To find the correct ones for your car make and model please check the owner’s guide.

If you have an electric car or hybrid, maintenance and servicing of your car are very much the same.  You can still place the windscreen wipers and lightbulbs and, if you have a hybrid car, the oil and water levels. 

Maintenance of your car at home should be done regularly, and particularly before the winter months.

The joy of being able to drive is a very liberating feeling but it would not be so good if you couldn’t stop! Brake pads are a very important aspect of your car’s operation and safety features, so it is important to recognise signs of them needing replacing and dealing with that as soon as possible. Driving with worn brake pads can be very dangerous, so be sure to stay vigilant to these signs:

• Many newer vehicles will tell you via an orange brake light if the brake pads are worn

• Worn brake pads can make a screeching or grinding noise when used

• The vehicle could pull to one side if brake pads are worn

• You could feel shaking or vibrations when the brakes are used

• It could take longer to stop if the pads are worn

• You can visually see if they are thin when you peer through the alloy wheels (should be at least 3mm of material)

If you are experiencing any of these signs, you should at least have your brake pads inspected by a professional, to advise you.

Ensuring that your tyres are kept in good operating condition is incredibly important to your road safety and other motorists you may encounter. Driving on tyres that do not have the proper tread depth or are in need of repair is incredibly dangerous for you, your passengers and other vehicles that could be involved in a accident if your tyres were to malfunction whilst driving.

Signs Your Tyres Need Replacing

• If the tread depth is below 1.6mm, it is illegal to drive on them
• There is widespread cracking or deformation of rubber
• Visible steel cords from the inner layers
• Uneven tyre wear in the canter or at the edges of the tyres
• If the tyre/tyres have been repaired numerous times
• If there is bead (edge of the tyre, in contact with the wheel) damage

If your tyres are exhibiting any of these signs or if you have any doubts about the integrity and safety of your tyres, you should seek the advice of tyre professional and ensure you get tyres replaced where necessary.

One of the most common areas of security weakness for a home is the garage. They can be seen as easy targets as they are not typically included in a home security system, they are usually separated from the home so may be less noticed during a break-in and most of the time a garage will be housing high value items. To help prevent garage theft, there are a few tips to keep in mind:

• Simply having a home security system, should help to deter theft. Security systems, especially monitored ones are a great deterrent especially when advertised on the exterior of the home.

• Ensuring your security system includes security of the garage is even better.

• Exterior motion-operated lights are an additional way to keep your property safe and less appealing to thieves.

• Ensuring garage windows are locked and secured is also important. You can have these covered so that light still gets through but people will not be able to see inside.

• You can also invest in window bars, if your garage has windows.