Owning a car can be such a great source of freedom – you can go anywhere you want, at any time. Many of us have owned cars for so long we have forgotten what a game changer they are, until something happens and we’re without our car for a few days or longer. Whether it’s a giant pothole that stops you in your tracks, or something happening inside the car that becomes a big issue, having your car out of action can be really hard. Here are my top 3 tips for taking care of your car that will ensure you have as little downtime as possible.

1. Watch Out for Potholes

Potholes can do incredible damage to your car, from impacting the tyres and damaging them, to throwing everything out of alignment. Unfortunately potholes seem to be far too common on our roads, and if you’re traveling at a considerable speed, you might even find yourself with a personal injury due to the impact. The council in the UK with the largest rate of pothole related claims has paid out over £300,000 in claims which is a crazy sum when you think about it. If you want to learn more about how damaging potholes are you can read that post. You might feel that the #PotholePandemic is out of control, but you can minimise the damage to your car by reducing your speed in unknown areas and being alert.

2. Keep Up With Servicing

Sometimes it feels like you’re always throwing money at your car, from regular gas costs, through to the frequent checkups and services your car needs. But the truth is, if you fall behind on your regular oil changes and checkups, it can end up costing you a lot more in the long run. Without regular oil changes, your engine will fail which is a lot more expensive to repair or replace than an oil change. Likewise, falling behind with your checkups could leave you in a car that’s not road safe and the consequences of that can cost you your life. Keeping up with your regular checkups and changes will ensure your car is running smoothly and safe to operate.

3. Avoid Leaving it in the Sun

Over time the sun can fade out even the most hearty paint job. It can be tempting to park your car on the street, or in your drive way, but that can really impact the overall look of your car. If you don’t have a garage big enough for your car, then it might be worth investing in a cover to protect your car from the elements and keep it looking as good as possible. I have a cover that I keep in the trunk of my car so I can easily get it out and put it on without too much fuss. Covers tend to be waterproof as well, helping to stop your car from getting covered in ice during the winter months.

Owning a car is such a great luxury and with these three tips you’ll be able to better take care of your car.

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