Imagine being on a journey with your friends or family and out of nowhere, your car comes to a dead-halt – or even worse, your engine stops working. And now you’re stranded trying to figure out the next step. You would probably call your insurance company if you have a vehicle breakdown cover, if not, you may have to call a local vehicle breakdown and recovery service. Now, chances are, if you’re in a busy place like Surrey or London, you would probably find a recovery service fairly quickly, but imagine being on an endless road between mountains, in the middle of nowhere. This can quickly become a tricky situation to deal with.
A car breakdown is a painful situation to be in and it’s certainly something none of us would like to experience. Whilst it can happen to anybody at anytime, there are a few things you can do to minimise the risk of car breakdown and that’s what we will be discussing in this blog-post today.
5 Major Tips to Avoid Car Breakdown
There are so many things you can do in order to minimise the risk of a breakdown but here we will be going through five important tips. These are all basic maintenance practices that if incorporated into your daily routine, can save you hundreds, if not thousands of pounds. Apart from this, it will save you from the headache of dealing with a car breakdown.
Follow these basic car maintenance practices and continue to enjoy your drive, save money and time.
- Regular vehicle checks
- Keep your car hydrated
- Race for the tracks
- Avoid overloading fluids
- Ignorance is not bliss
Now you know these five tips, let’s go through each one by one so you can have a better understanding.
- Regular vehicle checks One easy way to avoid car breakdown, that is often taken for granted, is to give your vehicle periodic service and checks. The best way to do this is by following your car service and maintenance schedule provided by your vehicle’s manufacturer. This will help minimising the risk of breakdown and keeps your car in the best possible condition at all times.
- Keep your car hydrated Just like human beings, vehicles also have an optimum fluid intake to run smoothly. This is because of the way they are engineered. From your breaks to the engine, they need fluids in order to function properly. Most of the mechanical systems of cars require periodic fluid top-up to prevent heat, friction and allow the joints move seamlessly without rubbing against one another and causing damage. Unfortunately, most car breakdowns these days occur due to overheating. Given the busy schedule of people these days, it’s understandable that one might forget to do their regular checks and keep their vehicle hydrated, therefore they end up in a breakdown situation. But this could have easily been prevented by periodic checking and fluid top-ups.
- Race for the tracks One of the key reasons for vehicle breakdowns is reckless driving which can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the parts of your vehicle. This can make the parts bound to fail at any given moment, from tyres burning out to the brakes wearing off, engine over-heating, physical damage and many more. But all of these can be avoided by firstly being aware of the reason for why some of these occur and secondly that all of these can be avoided by safe driving.
- Avoid overloading fluids When it comes to fluids, this is something essential for vehicles and as discussed previously, all cars require hydration just like humans. However, just the way that your stomach can handle a specific amount of water and food, a car can also handle a specific amount of fluid. Therefore, overloading it unnecessarily will cause damage. This is all cars, if not, most cars have a minimum and maximum marker point to indicate how much fluid should be added. Having said this, overloading isn’t limited to fluids. Overloading your vehicle with items – whether that is large objects in the boot or on the backseat, can make your vehicle unstable and increase the risk of breakdown as well as accidents. This is because the heavier your vehicle becomes, the more unstable it becomes which can affect its acceleration, the breaking system and therefore may lead to accidents.
- Ignorance is not bliss The most common way that a car problem can be diagnosed is by simply listening to your car. Whilst this doesn’t diagnose the specific cause, it certainly can give you an indication that there is something wrong so you can take your vehicle to your local garage. In the garage, your vehicle will be hooked up to professional diagnostic devices which can detect exactly what the problem might be. With numerous warning signs cars come with nowadays, it’s become relatively easy to monitor your vehicle’s health, so do not ignore these warning signs and take prompt action as soon as you hear an abnormal sound or see a warning sign that shouldn’t be on. This will ensure that your vehicle remains in the best possible condition.
Finally, it’s always better to prevent a problem before it arises rather than curing it after it has risen. It’s a good practice to note down the contacts of your local roadside assistance or vehicle breakdown and recovery service so if you find yourself in a breakdown situation (with or without phone signal or internet), at least you will have the number of the breakdown service and can seek help. You can start by saving Surrey and London’s most reliable breakdown and recovery service – Fastlink Recovery, in case you find yourself in a difficult breakdown situation.