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Do you know your FLOWER checks?

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Do you know your FLOWER checks?

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How often do you carry out essential checks to your car? Many people tend to overlook even the most basic of checks until it's too late, often because they think special knowledge is required. But it's actually pretty simple to do and to help you remember what checks to carry out remember the word FLOWER:

  • Fuel - Before every journey. A pretty obvious thing to check but many people have ended up stranded on the side of the road or on the hard shoulder of the motorway by forgetting this essential check. Try to avoid filling up on the motorway due to the high fuel prices!
  • Lights - Weekly. Not only is defective lighting dangerous, it can incur a fine and fail an MOT. There are more lights to check than you might think - sidelights, headlights, indicators, reverse lights, front/rear fog lights, brake lights and tail lights. Carry out a weekly check to ensure you can see and are seen by other road users during poor visibilty.
  • Oil - Weekly. Just a few minutes a week checking your oil level can save on huge repair bills to damage to your engine due to incorrect oil levels. Locate your dipstick, take it out, wipe it and put it back in and make sure the oil mark is between the min and max lines. A really simple check that could save you a massive amount of money.
  • Water - Weekly. Important in making sure your engine reaches and stays at the correct temperature. Mix with the correct amount of anti-freeze/coolant to help achieve this and do a weekly check of levels to make sure they are within the
     

    min/max range.

  • Electrics - Weekly. Do a visual inspection of things such as the battery and drive belt. Make sure you have no loose connections or damage.
  • Rubber - Weekly. This includes tyres and wipers. Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated (you'll find the correct tyre pressures for your car in the handbook). Over inflated tyres will wear down very quickly and have less grip while under inflated tyres greatly increase fuel consumption. Also make sure to check that your tyres have sufficent tread depth and that their general condition is safe for the road. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm but ideally tyres should be changed before they get this low and make sure your tyres have no defects such as cuts or tears. Finally, make sure your wipers are not too worn otherwise it might ristrict your vision in wet weather.

Just spending 10 minutes a week performing these checks could save a lot of hassle and expense in the long run!