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Car Maintenance & Safety Checks | 911 Driving School

Your car is more than just a vehicle; it’s a dependable companion on the road. Understanding its basic maintenance and performing regular safety checks can significantly enhance your driving experience and ensure your safety. This blog will cover key maintenance tips and safety checks every car owner should know.

Oil and Fluid Checks:

  • Regularly check and change your car’s oil according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Also, keep an eye on other essential fluids like brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and power steering fluid.


Tire Maintenance:

  • Regularly inspect your tires for wear and tear, and ensure they are properly inflated.
  • Rotate your tires as recommended and replace them when the tread wear indicators are visible.


Battery Maintenance:

  • Keep your car’s battery clean and check for any signs of corrosion on the terminals.
  • Test the battery periodically, especially before winter or summer, as extreme temperatures can affect battery performance.


Brake Check:

  • Listen for any unusual noises when braking, and monitor the brake pad thickness.
  • Have your brakes inspected regularly by a professional, especially if you notice any changes in braking performance.

Safety Checks: Ensuring a Safe Ride

Lights and Signals:

Regularly check that all your lights and signals are functioning correctly. This includes headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights.

Windshield Wipers and Fluid:

  • Ensure your wipers are in good condition and replace them if they leave streaks.
  • Keep the windshield washer reservoir filled for optimal visibility.


Seat Belts and Airbags:

  • Inspect seat belts for any signs of wear or damage, and test them to ensure they lock securely.
  • Ensure that airbag indicators show no signs of malfunction.

Mirrors and Windows:

Keep your mirrors properly adjusted and ensure all windows are clean and free of obstructions.

Emergency Preparedness: Being Ready for the Unexpected

Emergency Kit:
Keep a well-stocked emergency kit in your car, including items like a first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables, and basic tools.

Always have your car’s documentation handy, including registration, insurance, and any roadside assistance information.

Understanding and maintaining your car is a crucial aspect of safe driving. Regular checks and timely maintenance not only extend the lifespan of your vehicle but also ensure your safety on the road. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a smoother and more reliable driving experience.

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