Tips to avoid a car breakdown

Basic car maintenance can save you time and money and it’s good for your car too. Identify and fix problems early-on to keep your running costs low. Smaller problems are easier and cheaper to fix than waiting for bigger repairs. Weekly checks like oil, engine and battery fluid levels help reduce wear and tear on your engine. If you’re going on a road trip or buying a used car a vehicle inspection will check for issues you may not see straight away. It’s worth getting this professional service to keep you and your family safe on the road.

Get your car serviced

Professional car services are recommended every 10,000kms for your logbook, or yearly if your car’s not under warranty. Regular car services will help you avoid the most common causes of breakdowns. Your service will often include all, or most of the following checks:

  • engine and oil filter
  • brakes
  • steering and suspension
  • fluid levels
  • battery test
  • tyre pressure
  • radiator components
  • fan belt
  • lights.  

Listen and feel for changes

Get to know what’s normal for your car. If you start to feel or hear anything different you may be at risk of a breakdown. Common signs your car may break down include:

  • vibrating
  • struggling to start
  • smoke or exhaust fumes
  • whirring, humming or whining noise
  • bunny hopping.

If your car’s not running its best get it checked by a mechanic straight away, rather than waiting for a car breakdown. You could save time and money fixing a small problem now and avoid paying expensive repairs later.

What to do in a breakdown

Even after following all the best advice, your car may still break down. It will happen to most of us and the best thing you can do is be prepared. Roadside Assistance is reliable help you can call on 24/7. Most cars can be fixed roadside so you could be on your way again in no time. While you’re waiting for help, follow some simple breakdown safety instructions. Park in an emergency breakdown bay, activate your hazards and keep your seat belt on. This will help to keep everyone safe.