Keep an eye on your Gauges, identify problems can avoid expensive repairs. Check all brake lights, daytime running lights and headlights regularly.
Always make sure your oil is changed regularly and is at the full mark. The oil pressure gauge needs to be in the normal range all times, or have it checked immediately.
Always maintain the manufactures recommended tire pressure, never over or inflate your tires. Never drive with under inflated tires either. Keeping the correct air pressure in your tires helps your tires last longer, helps your car handle better and safer, and helps you save money on fuel.
Cracks, bulges or puncher marks can be the sign that your tires needed to be replaced.
Always use seat belts every time you get in to the car. Make sure that all safety belts are working properly.
Don’t use cell phones, pager, try to minimize these distractions, so your drive will be a save one.
All vehicles should be equipped with some basic supplies. Medical bags, bandages, band aids, gauge wrap, antibiotic cream, medical tape…etc .Ask in pharmacies for a medical emergency Kit.
Every sunrise and sunset present problems for drivers. Keep sunglasses ready in your car. Dirty windshields pose a similar dilemma. Make sure you have your windshield clean every time you get gas.
During the summer months, the temperature inside of a vehicle sitting in the sun can easily reach 30°C or more. Keeping you and your passengers comfortable during the hottest weather is the job of your automobile's air conditioning system.
Check to test for any worn hoses or seals, leaks or contamination and to make sure your vehicle is ready for the warm weather.
Check your wipers. See that the motor runs smoothly and that the wiper blades are clean and free of any dirt or grime that could have collected during the summer months. Also check that the rubber edge of the blade is not cracked or cut else the blade does not wipe the windscreen adequately often hampering your vision.
Check that the washer fluid is topped up and carry newspapers as these facilitate easier and better cleaning of glass.
Check to see all your lights are working optimally including your turn signal indicators and reverse lamps. It not just helps you see clearly but also helps those around you know your location if there is a torrential downpour.
Don't keep your car dirty for too long periods as the dirt that settles down can corrode body parts. If your car body has deep scratches get these areas treated as they can rust more easily.
Check your air conditioning system, believe it or not in cities with high humidity levels windshields can fog over and your cars cooling system is often the only thing that can help in such situations.
Drive slowly through stagnant water. A most common cause of losing control during monsoons is aquaplaning. Aquaplaning is a phenomenon that occurs when the tread of your tyre is not able to disperse water quickly enough for the tyre to provide sufficient traction. In this case the film of water layer acts like oil offering no traction whatsoever. To avoid this situation ensure the tread on your tyres is adequate, at least 2mm depth and that your tyres are at the correct air pressure.
What to do?
Turn off the air conditioner
Park the vehicle at a safe place
Let the engine run at normal idle speed for a few minutes until the indicator returns to normal range, between the H and the C mark
If you see or hear steam escaping from under the bonnet, immediately park the vehicle in a safe place and switch off the engine immediately. Do not open the bonnet till hissing sound or steam emission has stopped. Once the steam is no longer heard or visible, open the bonnet and check the water pump belt for any slippage or damage
Check the coolant level in the reservoir. If it is below the low mark, check for leakage from the hose, water pump or radiator. If any leaks are located, do not start the engine till the time the leakage has been rectified
If you do not find any leakage then slowly add coolant to the reservoir. Never add coolant to the radiator. Do not Touch or Open Radiator Cap when Engine is Hot
It is dangerous to remove the radiator cap when the temperature is high. It may cause serious burn injuries.
It always pays to keep the telephone number authorized service workshop at hand for further advise to get your car started.