Don’t take your car for granted! Stay clear of these top 5 mistakes

Whether you ride a fancy sports car or your factory’s truck, vehicle maintenance is essential for every driver. In today’s article, we’re going to be talking about the 5 most common mistakes people make while maintaining their vehicle. 

Mistake number one: 

A lot of people just directly get in their car, start it up, and drive right away. This is good for your engine. When you want to use your car, you need to give the engine at least 10 to 15 seconds to get the oil to the critical components and let the RPMs dropdown. Moreover, before you start your day, you should always check the water level of the engine and refill it if needed. 

In cars that have an older model, you should give even more time and in cold weather, you might want to give your car at least 20 to 30 seconds to start up.  

So, the correct way to go about it is by getting in the car, starting it up, warming up the engine for 10 to 15 seconds, putting your seat belt on, and then driving away. 

Mistake number two: 

The second most common problem that occurs is that right after people start their car, they rev it up or they push the car hard before it warms up.  Just like our bodies, our vehicles also need to warm up before they begin their day. So, you should always wait until your engine gets to the operating temperature before you push the car hard or accelerate it quickly. 

Obviously, if it’s an emergency situation you got to do the needful. But never push-start your car on a cold engine. 

Mistake number three: 

The third most common mistake people do is they put premium fuel in a car that only needs regular fuel. You might think you are helping your car but in reality, you are just wasting time and money. You don’t get the benefit of performance or fuel economy.  

For example, you can usually find this statement in the owner’s manual of your truck: Your Mazda will perform best with regular unleaded fuel having an octane. 

A vehicle that works best on premium usually has it recommended by having it written on their manual or the vehicle.  

Mistake number four:  

We drivers usually think that changing our vehicle oil every 3,000 miles is the best to maintain the engine of your car. But today’s oils are way better than they were back then. So, that old ‘3,000-mile oil change’ is a mindset of the past.  

Today’s oils can last up to 5,000-7,500 miles. On average, a truck would require 7,500-mile intervals for changing the oil and that’s using conventional oil. For a sports car, you can do 5,000-mile intervals. That’s using full synthetic oil.  

Mistake number five: 

People don’t inspect their car often enough. It’s important that you inspect your car because you’re driving every day. You can’t just take it for granted that your tires aren’t flat, your oil is correct, you have enough coolant, or you have enough windshield wiper fluid. Every day the car performance changes. 

What you should do is that when you’re in parking lots, instead of going right to your car, go take a walk around it really quick. Even if you are using the best tyres in UAE, check all four tires regularly. Make sure they are not punctured or worn out. You can check this really quickly by measuring the tread depth with a tread gauge meter.  

Moreover, turn all of your lights and flashers on! Make sure your blinkers are working, make sure your headlights are turned on correctly, and make sure your tail-lights are running bright. 

It’s a really quick process that could not only prevent you from getting a ticket but also it could save your life.