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Keeping your car running smoothly

So, you have spent the last few months with your ­­­­ Driving instructor Market Harborough, have sat both your theory and practical tests and passed with flying colours. Now it is time to take your first steps into the world as a fully-fledged driver. Having to think about the day to day running of your car can seem like a daunting task, especially as it is about much more than just putting petrol in diesel in the fuel tank (make sure you get the right one). Here are some ideas on what you can do to help keep your car running smoothly and your driving instructor at  http://demarcodriving.uk/ will run through these with your during your lessons.

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  • Check your tyre tread regularly – You can be stopped by the police for incorrect tyre treads. The minimum legal limit for your tyre tread is 1.6 millimetres and this has to be across the middle three-quarters of the tyre. However, it is best to not wait until you reach the legal limit to change your tyres. Many mechanics and manufacturers recommend that you think about replacing your tyres once they reach 3 millimetres.
  • Make sure your check your lights and indicators – The last thing you want to be doing is driving back from work during the winter in darkness to find out at that point that one of your headlights is no longer working. If you aren’t able to get someone else to stand outside the vehicle and check the lights for you and you don’t fancy having to keep getting in and out of the car and check then you can shine the lights towards a garage door or even a window and you will be able to see the reflection of the lights.

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  • Check your windscreen wipers and water levels – Windscreen wipers become worn over time and dirt and grit can become trapped underneath the blades, so it is worth checking the condition of them on a regular basis. You should also check the water levels in your water bottle to ensure that should you need to clean your windscreen whilst driving at any point you have enough water to do so. In the winter months it is best to use a dedicated screen wash that will help with the freezing temperatures.
  • Keep an eye on your engine oil – ideally you should check your engine oil level around once a fortnight. Doing this is simple, once you have opened the bonnet and located the dipstick you simply remove this and check that the oil level is somewhere between the minimum and maximum marks.


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