If you commute to work or find yourself ferrying the kids round to various sporting activities then chances are you use your car an awful lot, but how often do you actually make sure that it’s in good condition? We asked short term car leasing experts for their best advice on how to ensure that your car is well maintained.

Clean the inside and outside of your car regularly

Keeping your car clean is important so that it remains in pristine condition but also so that it doesn’t attract any unwanted bacteria that could potentially damage your vehicle.

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Check your tyre pressure

It’s a good idea to check your tyre pressure every month or so to ensure that everything is running smoothly. If your tyres have the incorrect tyre pressure then it may cause a number of problems such as poor braking and a flat tyre.

Replace your oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles

Fresh oil in your car will keep it running smoothly and ensure that no dirt can build up. Oil helps to lubricate your engine so that everything works just as it should and you don’t have to worry about any problems with your engine as a result of dirty oil.

Keep your mirrors in good condition

Your mirrors are obviously an essential part of driving as they allow you to see your surroundings, therefore it’s ideal to keep them in good working condition. Clean mirrors will ensure that you can see everything around you and will make you much safer as you’ll be able to spot any dangers such as other cars that could potentially reverse into you.

Change any headlight bulbs that need replacing as soon as possible

Driving without correctly working headlights can be very dangerous as it not only means that you’ll have reduced visibility, but other drivers on the road may also struggle to see you. If you notice that you have a faulty headlight bulb then you should try and replace it as soon as possible.

Check your brake pads regularly

It’s a good idea to have your brakes checked fairly regularly to ensure that they’re working efficiently. If your brakes fail then it could lead to a potentially damaging situation and one that could cause you a lot of money to repair.

Keep antifreeze in your car at all times

Naturally, you shouldn’t have to expect to use this at all during the summer months but it’s a good idea to always have some in your car just in case. When the colder weather approaches it can prove to be difficult to clear your windows effectively so antifreeze really comes in useful when the bad weather hits.

Park your car in the shade in the summer months

During warmer weather, your car can become exposed to a lot of heat damage, therefore it’s a good idea to keep your car in the shade if and when possible. While it doesn’t tend to reach extremely high temperatures in the UK, it is good practice to keep your car in the shade regardless to prevent any damage at all occurring to it.