Boredom-busting long weekend car health checks

As Queensland prepared for a very different Easter, staying at home, RACQ encouraged drivers to use their time wisely and ensure their cars were in tip top shape for when it comes time to hit the road again.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said while the Club’s Roadside Assistance patrols attended more than 7,000 calls for help last Easter, it would be a very different story this year with widespread travel restrictions in place due to coronavirus. 

“If you’re sitting at home wondering how to pass the time in isolation, why not look after your vehicle’s health by performing some simple maintenance checks,” Ms Ross said. 

“While you have a bit more time around the house, these health checks will ensure your vehicle is reliable, safe and could prolong its life, or save you from expensive repairs down the track.”

Ms Ross suggested the following simple checks: 

  • Check all interior and exterior lights are working
  • If your car is parked in a garage, check exterior lights yourself by inspecting their reflection on the garage wall
  • Check all glass surfaces for chips or cracks
  • Check all seatbelts for worn, frayed or damaged webbing
  • Safe tyres are a must, so check tyre pressures, condition, tread depth and look for uneven wear and tear. Don’t forget to check the spare
  • Check your wiper blades are in good condition and top up washer fluid if necessary
  • Also check engine oil and coolant levels – your owner’s manual should show you how
  • After the car has been stationary for a few days, reverse it onto the driveway and look for signs of fluid leaks on the garage floor. Have a mechanic investigate if you find any
  • Give your car extra TLC with a wash, vacuum and polish - a gleaming car might just lift your spirits.

A range of fact sheets on how to look after your car could be found on the RACQ website