Essential Car Maintenance Tips

Essential Car Maintenance Tips

My car is very important to me, it is the only way I can get out and as such, I always try and make sure I am on top of its maintenance.

Though my Dad does like teasing me about the time I decided to drive from mine to his with the oil light on.

However, don't worry, as my car got him back by just spilling out any oil he put in on his driveway.

While most of us at some point in our driving lives are going to have some “whoops” moments, it is well worth making sure you get into a pattern with some car maintenance tips.

So today I've put together some essential things you should check up on, from time to time.

Essential Car Maintenance Tips

Car Servicing

I'm looking at getting a new car at the moment and one thing I've been asked is if I have a service history of the car.

I actually have never driven enough miles in the year for it to need a yearly service.

However, for my own piece of mind, I have decided to have it done. After all the professionals know what they are doing and can quickly spot any issues.

It also doesn't cost a huge amount, so I would say no matter your mileage, look at having your car serviced once a year.

Essential Car Maintenance Tips

Tyre Pressure Checks

Your tyres are an integral part of your car and need to be looked after carefully.

While you can easily check the pressure at a local petrol station, or using home kits. I personally found that popping my car over to my usual garage was a much better bet.

Especially after I recently got two different readings at the petrol station on the same tyres. Within minutes of each other! Yup, I bet my face was a picture of confusion when that happened.

Essential Car Maintenance Tips

MOT Testing

After a car is 3 years old, it needs an MOT test.

They are really simple to book, for instance, you can book your car's MOT in Stirling from Fife Autocentre website in minutes.

MOTs will check that your car is completely road legal. Giving you the chance to fix any issues and allowing you to get back on the road as quickly as possible.

So there you have some tips to hopefully get you off on the right foot when it comes to car maintenance.

However, what about you, what would be your top tip to a new driver for taking care of their car?




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Essential Car Maintenance Tips

This article has 86 comments

  1. Pam Francis Gregory

    Check oil, water, other fluids monthly as a minimum.

  2. Candy

    Keeping ones car in good condition is important. Cars don’t come cheap. Getting them checked every three months.

  3. Melissa Chapman

    We have a great mechanic and my husband takes care of things in general for our cars. I know cars need to be regularly checked and tires should be filled.

  4. Stacie

    I think everyone needs to know about basic car maintenance tips. Knowing how to check tire pressure, oil and other fluids, and the like are important for anyone.

  5. Anonymous

    The top tip I have for someone just getting a car is don’t ignore what needs to be done on it. If you ignore getting an oil change done your car is not going to make it. If you ignore the tires being rotated you’re going to run your car down much quicker.

  6. Marcie W.

    Great reminders! My husband is in the mechanic industry and always says that keeping up on routine maintenance can really extend the life of your vehicle.

  7. Bill Sweeney

    Very important to keep up on your vehicle(s). Great tips you shared! Makes perfect economical sense.

  8. Natalie

    I don’t have a car, but these are things I should really brush up on to prep myself for when I do. Thanks for all the tips!

  9. Amber Myers

    Good to know! I always try to keep my car in tip top shape. I recently went to get the oil changed. It’s paid off, so I need it to last as long as it can.

  10. Tasheena

    This is my first time hearing about MOT. I love all of your tips though. My biggest suggestion would be to keep good service records.

  11. Olivia

    I passed my driving test a year ago and I am still clueless about cars! I know only the basics like checking the oil and screenwash πŸ™‚

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Ekk! It takes a while – I couldn’t do a lot of things – like change a wheel as well I physically couldn’t for one, but it comes over time πŸ™‚

  12. Roch

    I used to not know anything related to car maintenance. I just know how to drive! Recently I have finished a book about car services (plus tips) and it really helped to teach me the basics. I suggest new drivers to read it, too. It’s entitled “Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide” by Patrice Banks.

  13. Scott Gombar

    You should check your tires every time you’re leaving. I have had a nail in mine twice in the last 6 months.

  14. Erin Sluka

    My husband does all our maintenance and is strict about staying up on all our vehicles, ATV’s and RV

  15. Alyssa H

    I’m the worst about car maintenance. Is it bad that my husband handles all of that for us?

  16. Rhian westbury

    I am so bad with checking my cars tyre pressures which I know is so bad. I do have a service plan though as it means I don’t have to pay out extra for it x

  17. Angela Ricardo Bethea

    Those are some great tips. I didn’t even know some of them until now.


    I do bits when I can. I hate adding air to the tyres though – I tend to get hubby to do it although I know how.

  19. Nikki

    I just got a new (to me) car about 6 months ago, and I’m being super diligent about keeping up with its maintenance. In fact, this reminds me that I’m due for an oil change! My last car was 14 years old, and it’s still running. Barely, but it gets from point a to b!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      My cars 14 years old and still going – it’s amazing! I’m looking to change it now as I really need to go to an automatic as I’m struggling to drive manual now with the pain it causes.

  20. Geekdad248

    With today’s high tech sensors in cars a lot of people don’t check tire pressure anymore unless a warning message shows up on the dashboard. It is still important to check tire pressure the old fashioned way with a handheld gauge to make sure that you are not just going by car manufacturer’s safety standards but are also keeping the recommended psi for fuel mileage and wear and tear from the tire maker. You may not get a sensor warning if the tire is slightly under pressure but this could cost you money in lower fuel economy and needing to buy new tires sooner.

  21. Becca Wilson

    Maintenance on your vehicle is so very important. There are so many things to keep in mind to keep it running smoothly.

  22. Carol Cassara

    It’s really important to make sure you take good care of your car and check everything that needs to be checked from time to time. I think this is a good reminder for all car owners out there. It’s a huge investment after all.

  23. Yeah Lifestyle

    We as a family spend many hours on the road driving from one place to another, so this is a good reminder to ensure our car is in check

  24. Gisele

    This is a great reminder. My Dad was the same way. He used to call me on cold winter mornings to ask me if I’d checked my antifreeze lately.

  25. Cassie Tucker

    I can’t even begin to tell you how bad I am at car maintenance. My car has needed an oil change for a hot minute and I haven’t checked the tire pressure in ages, although I do know that it’s not to low as my car does have a digital tire pressure checker built-in.

  26. Kira

    These are all such important points! I do a lot of long journey to and from university so checking everything is ok is something I end up having to do quite often!

  27. Kara

    I always used to pride myself on being able to service my own car, but can’t these days as they are too complicated. Mine needs a service soon

  28. Rebecca | AAUBlog

    so many things to keep on top of, but I wouldn’t be anywhere without my car!

  29. Kiwi

    Currently I dont own a car at the moment, but when I did some of these things I didnt know. Thanks for the tips Iwill keep thse in mind.

  30. Trina

    These are such great tips! I know nothing about cars and realized a few days ago when I ran out of gas on the side of the road that I need to know more!

  31. Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    Definitely one of those purchases that for the most part will take care of you so long as you take care of it. Getting those checkups and staying up to date with maintenance can be tricky but driving knowing you’ve diminished the chances of something going wrong is totally worth it. Great info here and thanks for posting this!

  32. kumamonjeng

    I have just gotten a new car few months ago and glad to learn about this post. I didnt know much about MOT test and glad you have included in here.

  33. Clara

    I keep my cars a long time so maintenance is very important to me. Generally, it’s cheaper to maintain than buy a new car.

  34. Holly Hood

    Car maintenance is very important. I try to stay on top of mine because repairs can be expense.

  35. Heather

    Excellent tips! It’s so important to learn about car maintenance as soon as you start driving!

  36. Kimberly @mommyhoodjoy

    This is so important sometimes we forget to check on our cars, however, we must always keep it up to date on all services so that we can continue relying on it

  37. sarah camille

    These are great tips! I think it’s important to check oil and be good to your brakes. A lot of aggressive driving can lead to faster brake wear.

  38. Jeanine

    We dont have a car but i can imagine the maintenance is very important. Glad to have these tips in case we ever do get a vehicle!

  39. Danielle

    This is such great advice! Super important to know!

  40. Annemarie LeBlanc

    These are great tips. I remember my dad telling me, “just because it starts up when you turn the ignition doesn’t always mean that everything is okay.” That advice stuck to me like glue and I have been regularly taking my car for a check up and I never leave the house without checking the tires too.

  41. Ashleigh Dougherty

    I am yet to drive but there are some great tips in here for when I eventually get round to it!

  42. Kate | Life of a Ginger

    I have a 19 yo SUV. I know that I have to take extra good care of her to keep her running smoothly. Great tips!

  43. Michelle Cantu

    Great tips my dad taught me some basics of car care and what to do in those situations when you have car trouble. It’s a good reminder for me to inspect my car.

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