Three things to check every six to 12 months

Car maintenance top tips episode four

In previous episodes of our series, car expert Bob Flavin discussed the importance of car maintenance and things you should check regularly. Now, Bob is back to discuss three key car checks that should be carried out every six to 12 months.

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Tip one - Change your windscreen wipers

Bob’s first piece of advice is to make sure your wiper blades are in good condition – and to know when to change them. The tell-tale signs that they need to be changed are when they start leaving streaks across your windscreen, or when they start making an irritating sound. Driving in Ireland, you can be sure you’ll need them in working order!

Winter can make driving conditions tricky, so be prepared. There are precautions to consider when driving during heavy rain or flooding, and it’s a good idea to go the extra mile in making sure your car is winter ready.

Tip two - Pay attention to your car’s battery

When it comes to breakdowns, one of the most common causes is battery failure. A slow start when you turn on the engine is a common sign that your battery may well be reaching the end of its life. Trickle chargers and battery conditioners are a great way to keep your battery sharp and your car ready for the road. You’ll find them at your regular car retailer or online.

Finally, at the end of every journey don’t forget to check that everything is switched off – your lights, heater and wipers. This saves the battery from unnecessary drain when you’re next starting up the car.

Of course, it always pays to know how to deal with an unexpected breakdown, and don’t forget that with Aviva car insurance, breakdown rescue cover comes as standard on your policy – so we’ve got your back 24/7.

Tip three - Get it serviced

Last, but definitely not least, Bob’s final tip is to get your car serviced. Your car manufacturer’s manual will specify how often it should be serviced, and Bob says you should follow that advice – or at the minimum, get a service once a year. A full service will ensure your car is in safe, working order, delivering peace of mind on top of everything else that comes with proper maintenance.

Keeping your car in good condition is a must – not only for you and your passengers’ safety, but for all other road users.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram, where Bob will be revealing more tips and advice to do with car maintenance.

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