A car is generally the second most expensive purchase – apart from a house – that most people will ever make.
This means taking care of your car and preparing for unexpected events is almost as important as keeping the roof on your home.
Unfortunately, most mainstream vehicles don’t appreciate in value like a house, but there’s every reason to invest the same attention in care and maintenance to avoid spending more than you should over the lifetime of ownership.
Keeping your car in tip-top condition has numerous long-term benefits, so here are some ‘life lessons’ to take into account in order to protect you and your vehicle.
Your tyres are the only point of contact between the car and the road, so it is critically important to have them in the best possible condition.
For starters, regularly check the tyres are inflated to the recommended pressures as this will ensure the vehicle brakes, steers and corners effectively and that all the supplementary safety systems like the anti-skid brakes and stability control work at their optimum.
Secondly, make sure the tyres have enough tread depth as this is critical for their performance in wet weather, and that they are wearing evenly.
Any sign of uneven wear – if the tyres are bald only on the outer edge, for example – could indicate the vehicle’s suspension and steering system is out of alignment, which, again, effects the car’s performance.
If you’re looking to buy a new car, there have been some rapid advances in technology recently with the introduction of standard semi-autonomous crash-avoidance features such as autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.
All of these systems are linked together using a complex array of sensors, radars and cameras to essentially give the car an omnipotent view of its surroundings and will automatically slow, stop and steer the car to avoid an incident without the driver’s input.
Some more advanced vehicles even have eyes on the driver to detect whether they are fatigued or inattentive and will display an alert and sound an alarm to prompt them back to the task of driving safely.
So, when choosing your next new car, look at the safety specifications and make sure they tick as many boxes as possible.
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