Now is a good time to give your ve­hi­cle the once-over

Wicklow People - - NEWS - Tyres: Toolkit: Engine oil: Wa­ter: Screen­wash: Wind­screen: Lights: Power steer­ing: Body­work:

WITH the weather turn­ing colder and wet­ter and the evenings get­ting longer, it’s a good time to give your ve­hi­cle the on­ceover to make sure ev­ery­thing is in or­der. And with Ir­ish Road Safety Week tak­ing place un­til this Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 9, there’s no time like the present!

The AA pro­vides the fol­low­ing ten sim­ple checks ev­ery driver can carry out on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Ev­ery two weeks, check your tyre pres­sures and the con­di­tion of your tyres. Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tread depth is within the le­gal lim­its.

If your car has a spare wheel, then make sure that there’s a jack and wheel re­mov­ing tool (plus a lock­ing wheel nut if needed) in the ve­hi­cle.

Use the dip­stick to check oil lev­els ev­ery cou­ple of weeks and be­fore long jour­neys. Top up if needed but it may need a me­chanic’s at­ten­tion if you’re top­ping up a lot.

Ev­ery week, while the engine is cold, check the coolant level is be­tween the min­i­mum and max­i­mum marks and, es­pe­cially at this time of year, get your anti-freeze checked and topped-up if needed. Re­place wipers if smear­ing or not clear­ing the wind­screen.

Keep you screen­wash reg­u­larly topped up with a good ad­di­tive (one that pre­vents it from freez­ing and clears grime).

Get any chips re­paired im­me­di­ately be­fore they grow into a crack. If the dam­age can’t be re­paired, the wind­screen will need to be re­placed.

Check all your lights – in­clud­ing in­di­ca­tors, re­vers­ing lights, brake lights and fog lights – once a week and get blown bulbs re­placed.

Make sure your me­chanic fills the hy­draulic fluid reser­voir when ser­vic­ing the car then check its lev­els once a month.

Give car pan­els the oc­ca­sional once-over for signs of dam­age or rust.

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