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Three important vehicle checks


SAFETY’S a huge issue and these small mechanics that most people overlook, could and might just save your life.

Brakes: They might not be the most interesting feature on a car but when it comes to safety, they are your first line of defence; after a while they will become worn out. It’s easy to check… all you need to do, is look between the spokes of your wheel to spot the shiny metal rotor inside. When you find it, look around the outer edge where you’ll see the metal caliper. Between the caliper and rotor, you’ll see the pad. You’ll have to estimate, but generally, your pads should be at least two centimetres thick. If they’re any thinner, it’s a good idea to get them changed. Squeaking and scraping sounds when your brake also highlights worn brakes.

Windshield wipers: Extremely important in the rain but unfortunately when it’s sunny, they crack and break. Windshield wipers should be cleaned first before replacing them; it’s advised that wipers should be changed every six months, especially if the blades leave streaks or smears in heavy rain.

Head and taillight bulbs: An overlooked necessity. Lights should be checked once a year. Most of the time there will be no faults, but better safe than sorry. If you notice - in the dark - that the lights have faded, or are out completely, it’s easy to change the burnt-out bulb.

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