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4 Ways To Maintain A Family Car

When it comes to buying a family car, there are many factors that can attribute to which you decide to buy in the end. Things like fuel consumption, size, mechanical workings and issues are obvious, but once you have children, there is an even longer list to make sure it's a car that will fit your needs.

Once you've bought the car, the list to maintaining a family car is important, as a neglected vehicle can cause serious issues. So, here are my 4 ways of maintaining a family car...


Have Regular Car Servicing 
Regular servicing is vital to keep your car in tip-top condition and prolong its life. Service intervals are based on time or miles driven, once a year or every 10,000 miles or which is best off for your car. A minor service should be done at least every year and includes changing the oil and oil filter, and replacing other fluids if necessary. This may also cover replacement of the air filter, spark plugs and cambelt. Book car service Online with DAT Tyres as getting your car serviced regularly is an investment that helps a long way in the long term. 

Check Your Tyres
Tyres are arguably the most important safety feature on your car. So saying to check them regularly, around once a week could save, not only money, but your life. Under-inflated tyres will increase fuel consumption, so keep them topped up to the recommended pressures in your cars handbook.

Drive sensibly
You'd think that driving sensibly would be an  obvious answer, but I see so many people driving erratically and they don't realise how much they are damaging their car. Being in the wrong gear will ultimately damage your clutch and your car. Speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking are the quickest ways to waste petrol (or diesel). Also, keeping the car in idle can waste fuel, so make sure you turn off the engine whilst parked. 


Keep Your Car Clean
There are 2 types of people in this car world - those who are out every week, scrubbing every last inch of their car, and those whose car looks like it's been attacked by a hurricane. Keeping your car clean can significantly extend its life as grit and grime (road salt in winter) from the roads can get into moving parts and cause wear and corrosion. Do it yourself to make sure you get into every nuck and cranny, using a proper cleaning solution to remove marks and a protective spray on the dashboard plastics reduces the likelihood of cracking or discolouration. 

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