Top 5 vehicle maintenance checks when you drive for work

Written by Benedict Harrison

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Our guide to keeping your vehicle in top condition.

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When you use your vehicle for your work, the distance you travel can start to take its toll on your vehicle. If you can keep your car in good condition, you’ll reduce your chances of it breaking down, which can stop you missing out on work and save you money on repairs in the long run.

In this post, we’ll take a look at 5 top maintenance checks if you use your vehicle for your work.

Check your tyres

As a general rule, you should always make sure that the tread depth of your vehicle’s tyres is above the legal minimum, which is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre around its entire circumference.

When you drive for work, you can cover a lot of miles in your vehicle, which can wear down the tread depth over time. When you check your tyres, you should also look out for any cuts or bulges to ensure you’re safe when you’re on the move.

Top up your engine oil

Your engine oil helps the moving parts in your vehicle's engine stay in good condition. If your engine oil level drops too low, these parts can very quickly become badly damaged. If you drive a modern car, it’s likely that you’ll have an alert on your dashboard, which will let you know when your engine oil needs topping up. However, you can also use a dipstick to check the level for yourself to make sure.

Refill your coolant

The idea ratio for your engine coolant is 50% water and 50% antifreeze. However, your coolant can become diluted over time, so it’s important to top it up with antifreeze now and again. If your cooling system isn’t working properly, your vents won’t be able to produce warm air, which can make for very uncomfortable working conditions in your vehicle.

Test your battery

Battery failures are the number one reason why vehicles break down. Most vehicle batteries have a guarantee of between 3-5 years, so it’s a good idea to replace your battery around that time. To make sure your vehicle’s battery is still performing well, you can ask for the charging system and battery drain to be checked during a battery test.

Inspect your windscreen

If there are any chips in your windscreen, there’s a risk that they may turn into cracks, which is both dangerous and can be expensive to repair. To ensure your windscreen remains in good condition, you should make sure to clean it both inside and out and keep your washer fluid levels topped up.

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