New Years Resolutions: Vehicles Edition

It’s now 2020, the beginning of a new decade. And as with all new years, there are New Year’s Resolutions. Change your everyday routine or be more daring in your social life. The time to make new plans and routines is now. So here are some of the things you can do to keep your vehicle maintained and safe to drive.

Learn how to Change a Tyre

This is one of the first steps you should learn even before you think about getting a car, or even a licence. The reason for this is because if you’re in a situation where you are alone with no one to help you, you can rely on your skillset to change your tyre and be on your way. 

You always have the option of calling a service to do it for you, but that will cost you extra money and time. It’s a lot easier if you take the time over a weekend to learn the steps of changing a tyre over. There are instructions within your vehicle handbook if the tyres need to be taken off in a particular way. A family member may also know how to, so just go through the steps with them. It’s a lot easier if you’re watching and experiencing it firsthand. 

Get a Vehicle Check Up

Your vehicle might only need a check up twice a year, so you may as well begin the year with a fully functioning car. This will include getting your oil checked and changed. You risk permanently damaging your vehicle if you don’t regularly check your oil, so be sure to check in with your mechanic to see how regularly you need an oil change. 

The maximum time frame you shouldn’t exceed for oil changes is 12 months. Otherwise, it depends on your mileage. Usually a change is needed every 15,000km. This will also depend on the vehicle model you own, so be sure to read your vehicle handbook about the recommended frequency of your oil change. 

Tyre Wearing Check

Unfortunately tyres don’t last forever and need to be replaced. This can get pretty expensive, however it must be done, for both safety and legal reasons. You can actually be fined $110 for one bald tyre, as well as losing one demerit point in Queensland. Rules vary from state to state, so it’s better if you replace them before they get that worn. A way to check your tyres to see if they’re balding is to use a 20 cent coin. Insert it into one of the grooves. If the tread doesn’t touch the platypus bill, there’s less than 3mm of groove left and need to be replaced. 

There are some ways to help you make your tyres last longer. This includes making sure that you’re regularly checking the air pressure in each tyre. It’s also recommended that you rotate your tyres every 10,000km so that you can maintain your tyre health and won’t have to replace them as often. 

Cleaning your Vehicle

The exterior is often the part of the vehicle that we’re a little more focused on, but what about the interior? That’s just as important as the outside, so don’t let dust or rubbish pile up. Dispose of all wrappers once you’re finished so that bugs and insects don’t try to crawl in through the vents. 

Also make sure you vacuum and wipe away the dust and dirt that has built up over time. That way, you won’t have to worry about things permanently staining any carpet or leather you have on the floors and seats. You also don’t have to worry about what your passengers will think while you’re driving around. 

Check your Lights

Since you can be stopped by police for having a malfunctioning light, it’s a good idea to check this periodically. There will be times when the light will be finicky and work when the engine is turned off and on. Other times, the bulb will have fizzled out and need to be replaced. You will have to do that as soon as possible, so in the meantime, we’d advise against using that particular vehicle until it’s been repaired, in order to avoid being pulled over and potentially having to pay a fine. 

There are quite a lot of things that you need to think about when it comes to your vehicle. However it’s understandable, since it does have the capacity to take up to 7 people and transport them all around the city or even the country. The saying “take care of your vehicle and it will take care of you” does apply to every driver. It might take some money, but the benefits of catching some of these things early far outweigh the disadvantages.