With the average age of vehicles in the UK now 8.9 years, we look at some simple steps to prolong your vehicle's life and keep it in the best shape possible!

Regular maintenance
It is important to follow your car manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule as this will help prevent major issues from occurring. This includes regular oil changes, air filter replacements, and general servicing.

Fluid Checks
Keep an eye on your car's fluid levels, including oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant. Maintaining proper fluid levels is crucial for the overall health of your vehicle.

Check tyres regularly
Monitor your tyres regularly for wear or any damage from potholes or nails. It is also important to ensure they are properly inflated, as it will improve fuel efficiency and longevity.

Gentle driving
It is important to avoid aggressive driving, such as hard acceleration, abrupt braking, and rapid turning. Gentle driving puts less stress on your car's components, helping them to last longer. If you frequently drive on rough or unpaved roads, adjust your driving style to minimise stress on the suspension and other components.

Cooling system maintenance
Your vehicle's cooling system is made up of multiple vital components, so it is important to have your coolant checked regularly or as recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer to prevent overheating and engine damage.

Brakes
It is difficult to guess how long your brake pads will last as it can depend on a few factors: whether you do lots of short city journeys or motorway driving, your driving style, the type of vehicle you drive, as well as the quality of your brake pads.

Most modern vehicles are fitted with brake pad wear sensors, so will notify you via your dashboard warning light if the thickness of your brake pads are getting low. A brake pad wear sensor can’t detect issues with other parts of your brake system (like disc wear, low fluid levels and rusty brakes), so It’s important to have your brake pads, discs and brake fluid regularly inspected to prevent accidents as well as further damage.

Your brakes will be checked as part of your MOT, but it will only be a basic performance test, as well as checking the brake pad thickness is at least 1.5mm.

Repairs
It is important to address any issues or strange noises as soon as possible, as ignoring problems can lead to more damage and costly repairs.

Parking in a garage
If you have access to a garage, parking your vehicle whilst at home or work will protect your vehicle from many things. Snow, ice and rain will speed up the rusting process, whilst road salt is bad for the bodies of vehicles. Bird droppings and tree sap will also damage paintwork. It is important to keep your car clean, both inside and out. Regular washing and waxing can help protect the paint from corrosion.

Looking after your vehicle can significantly contribute to its longevity. Remember to always refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for specific maintenance recommendations.

If you experience any problems or if your vehicle has reached the recommended maintenance interval, get in touch with our team, who can book your vehicle in for a check or service.