5 ways to enhance your car’s performance
Do you rely rather heavily on your car? Perhaps it gets you to work and back every day, or gives you the freedom to get out and about on a weekend. Regardless of how you put your vehicle to use, you’ll want it to run as well and as efficiently as possible – after all, there’s no good time to encounter a problem, and saving fuel and money is always a good thing. Here are five things you can do to ensure you always get the best out of your car.
Replace your air filter
It’s a good idea to check and replace your car’s air filter on a regular basis, as doing so can improve fuel mileage, increase acceleration and prolong your engine’s life. It’s also a relatively cheap and easy measure to take without the help of a mechanic. If you’re not feeling particularly confident, The Telegraph has made a helpful video that shows you exactly what to do. Your owner’s manual should give you a good idea of how often this needs to be done.
Get high-quality tyres and keep them inflated
It is important to check the condition of your tyres on a regular basis, as this will ensure that your drives are more safe, comfortable and efficient. Start off on the right track by investing in some suitable and high-quality tyres from a well-renowned brand like Michelin, then all you have to do is monitor their pressure and roadworthiness as you go. If you’re unsure how to do this, The AA has some advice that will help.
Use suitable oil and change it regularly
You might already know that oil is incredibly important to the running of an engine, but were you aware that some oils work better for certain cars? If you’re not sure which one is best for your vehicle, Autosessive has a handy tool that will work it out for you. Simply enter your car’s details in to the form on their website and they’ll tell you everything you need to know. You can then buy the most suitable oil from them there and then.
To check and refill your oil you should ensure that you’re parked on a level surface. Locate the dipstick, remove it from the engine and wipe it clean. Click it back into place then remove it again to check the oil level. The optimum level will be indicated on the dipstick. If your oil level is particularly low, use a funnel to help you top it up with the oil you’ve found to be most suitable.
Keep the weight of your vehicle down
Does everything that currently resides in your car boot have a purpose? Is your backseat free from clutter and long-forgotten car seats? It’s easy to forget about extra, unnecessary weight that you might be carrying around in your car, but it can have a big effect on how much fuel your journeys require. By having a quick tidy, you could save yourself some money and reduce the amount of pollution your car emits.
Be more mindful
Putting more thought into the way you drive can help you to get the most out of your car and every tankful of fuel. According to the Energy Saving Trust, accelerating and braking smoothly, using higher gears where possible and avoiding revving your engine can drastically lower how much fuel you use. Again, this will save you money and make you an eco-friendlier driver.
By adopting these habits and techniques, you should find that your car costs less to run and makes fewer trips to the mechanic. While replacing parts and decluttering your car might seem like an unnecessary inconvenience right now, it’ll be worth it in the long run.