Learn about basic car maintenance tips to help you save money and keep you safe!

Basic car maintenance saves you money & helps reduce the risk of a breakdown. You only need to spend a few minutes a week to do these checks. These basic safety checks are easy to do. It’s a good idea to perform them regularly.

  1. Check all exterior car lights are working. A good time to do this is when you park your car in the garage at night. Close the garage door, turn the ignition and lights on and check their reflection against the walls.
  2. Check that glass surfaces (including the mirrors) are clean and free from chips, cracks and scratches.
  3. Check that the windscreen wipers and washers operate efficiently – don’t forget the rear one if you have it!
  4. Make sure the car horn works.
  5. Test the handbrake to ensure it ‘holds’ the car on steep hills.
  6. Check the condition of the seat belts. Make sure the webbing is not worn, visibly damaged or sun bleached. Give the belt a sharp tug to make sure that it will lock.
  7. Check tyre pressures and tyre condition, including tread depth.
  8. Every one to two weeks check your oil and water levels to make sure they don’t need replacing.

If you have any questions about car maintenance for your car, give our Motoring Advice team a call for free motoring advice exclusive to RAC Members, call 13 17 03 between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday or complete an online motoring advice form.