Road safety requires both driver and vehicle fitness. A vehicle that is well maintained will not only speak volumes about its owner, but also protects the owner while on the road.
Many vehicle-related accidents can be avoided and many motorists who are left behind face the risk of being robbed next to the road.
It is important to address vehicle maintenance as it relates to road safety. We also need to raise awareness about preventative measures that can be taken when properly maintaining vehicles.
Effective maintenance is essential
Proper maintenance can bring many benefits to the vehicle owner.
- Fuel efficiency can be improved by reducing fuel consumption and saving money.
- Reduce long-term maintenance expenses
- Protect the environment and reduce harmful exhaust emissions
- You can increase the reliability of your vehicle, and reduce the chance of it breaking down.
- Your vehicle’s resale price will increase
Basic maintenance of your vehicle
It is best to leave the servicing of your vehicle in the hands of trained automotive professionals/mechanics. They are equipped with the tools and knowledge to diagnose and fix problems. However, preventive maintenance by drivers can help to avoid vehicle breakdowns. It should be consistent, thorough, and done regularly to conform to manufacturer guidelines.
Recognizing areas that need maintenance
The owner’s manual is the best way to learn about your car and keep track of it. It contains all of the necessary information. The owner’s manual will provide detailed information on how to inspect your vehicle at various intervals. To learn more about your vehicle’s maintenance requirements and schedule, read the owner’s manual. The maintenance schedules of different vehicles are different. Your vehicle’s manufacturer will know best.
Strange sounds are often masked by noises from the passengers, radio, and on the road. If the problem persists, your car will notify you every time you turn a corner or go over a bump.
These sounds can be easily recognized
- The front shaft could be causing strange clicking when you turn the front wheels. It is best to get it fixed as soon as possible.
- If the fan-belt squeals, it means that another one needs to be made.
- The wheel will make a clicking sound when it turns.
- Engine overheating is usually indicated by a change in the engine tone, particularly if you have been driving at high speeds for a while. If there is not a serious problem, you can stop the engine or adjust it. If the problem persists, allow the car to cool down before checking the water level and radiator.
- Backfiring when driving normally can lead to serious problems that should be investigated.
- Engine knocks are a sign that you need to shift into a lower gear. It is important to check your engine oil and engine if it continues.
Additional Maintenance Friendly Suggestions
- Use only original spare parts.
- Protect your vehicle with an anti-rust coating
- Avoid abrupt acceleration and braking.
- When you don’t expect to wait, turn off the engine.
- To maximize fuel efficiency, drive at a moderate speed.
- Only use air conditioning when absolutely necessary.
- Do not ride on the clutch pedal.
- To improve your mileage, ensure that you maintain the correct air pressure in your tire.
- Avoid hitting your tyres on kerbs when parking. This can cause your tyres to become weaker, but not show any external damage.
- You never know when you will need your spare tire.
There are many care options that are more reliable and simpler to maintain, such as the Nissan Magnite or the Hyundai Accent.