Top tips to avoid motoring mishaps

If you know your car has a problem that needs fixing then you can always contact Perrys Service online or your nearest Perrys Dealership for support and repair work.

However, there are certain mishaps which some motorists have known to endure which can be easier avoided with just a little extra care.

A few simple checks and precautions can be made which are simple but also hugely effective in cutting out a lot of potential stress in your motoring experiences. It’s good to have a plan in place to prevent certain parts on your car failing and keeping prepared when you are left stuck with a problem. Here are our top tips to avoid stressful motoring mishaps.

Refuel before waiting for the fuel meter to drop to the bottom

Ever been driving to a destination and noticed the low fuel meter warning light appear on your car’s dashboard?

In this scenario you may try and weigh up whether you’ll have enough fuel in the tank to make it to your destination, depending on how far it is.

As soon as you get the low fuel warning light, or even if you’re just getting near to that point then you should think about stopping for more. When your fuel meter reaches the bottom your car won’t run out of fuel immediately but your far better off not taking that chance.

For instance if you’re say on a motorway then the nearest service station with a fuel pump could be 30 to 40 miles away. No one wants to end up broken down on the side of a busy road with an empty fuel tank, when it could have so easily been prevented.

If you’re on familiar roads then you can take your car straight to the nearest local petrol station.Some cars with satellite navigation onboard can automatically navigate you to the nearest petrol station to your location. This is particularly useful if you’re currently driving on roads unfamiliar to yourself.

If you’re on unfamiliar roads and you don’t have satellite navigation in your car, there are still ways to find your nearest petrol station. You can use a local map for guidance or even pull over and ask a local for directions.

If you’re on a motorway then keep an eye out for signs which should regularly remind you to how far the next service station is and when you’re about to approach the entry to one.

Check what fuel is actually going in your car

It may seem like an incredibly obvious thing to point out, but it’s always worth double checking you’re putting the right fuel in your car when at the pumps.

This is something which motorists can get wrong, in fact according to the AA at least 150,000 drivers put the wrong fuel in their car every year. The error can potentially cause serious internal damage to your car’s engine and lead to an expensive repair bill.

The mistake can happen whenever a motorist is in a vehicle they are not familiar with or they are just simply distracted at the time.

To avoid this whole problem, always check before you visit the pumps what fuel type your car takes – whether it be your own car, a rental car or a company car.

Although pumps these days all look familiar together, there could be writing near where the pump is stored or on the pump itself detailing what fuel it provides. Typically different fuel pumps will be marked as ‘unleaded’ (petrol) or ‘diesel’.

Keep your spare wheel in good condition

When driving your car, a puncture on one of your tyres can occur at anytime for many kinds of different reasons. Therefore you should always be prepared for such a scenario.

However if you have a spare wheel in the back of your car and feel automatically reassured by this, don’t be so sure just yet.

Like the four tyres on the road, your car’s spare wheel needs regularly looking after. Over a long period of time the spare wheel may need re-inflating or even replacing because it has simply degraded with age. Checking your spare wheel once a week is a highly recommended precaution to undertake.

Fail to take care, however, then your spare wheel could turn out to be about as much use as one that’s just received a major puncture.

For more tyre related tips, read our guide on how to change a tyre correctly.

Check in-car fluids regularly

Particularly during the winter months it’s always important to do regular checks on the vital fluids your car contains. This includes the motor oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant liquid and windshield washer fluid.

Once a week, park your car on a level surface and open the hood to check that all these fluid levels are at a level between the indicated maximum and minimum lines. During the winter checking your windshield washer fluid level twice a week is recommended.

This is a good idea since you’ll probably end up using it all a lot faster than you might expect to clear off all sorts of dirt on the windscreen.

Keep warm clothes in the car during the winter

Even if you’re planning just a short driving journey, items like a heavy reflective coat, a hat, gloves and a scarf are very useful to keep in your car during the winter.

During this period of the year, if you’re driving in lighter clothing and you end up getting stuck for a long time on the road, because of the snow for example, things could get really chilly.

Keeping a reflective high visibility coat/jacked on hand, it’ll especially helps if you’re stuck amongst traffic in the night. If you need to leave your car for whatever reason then you want to be sure that any other motorists passing by can see you coming.