Car maintenance is essential to reduce the risk of road traffic accidents. If you’re planning a road trip, you’re about to head off on a seaside holiday or you drive on a daily basis, it’s important to keep up to date with routine vehicle checks and ensure that your car is serviced on a regular basis.
How to change the oil in your car
Without oil, a car will not run, so regular checks are essential. A survey conducted by Autocar revealed that almost half of British motorists fail to check their oil levels at once a month, while 28 per cent admit to never checking the oil. Driving with little or no oil increases the risk of accidents on the road, breaking down and damage to the car.
Changing the oil is a relatively simple process, especially once you have done it a few times. Before you start, make sure you have the right oil for your car; you can check which type of oil you need by reading the manufacturer’s handbook. You will need some tools to change the oil in the car, including a jack to lift the car, a wrench, a filter, a basin, some old newspapers or paper towels and a torch to help you see.
It’s a good idea to leave your car running for a few minutes to warm up the oil if you are doing an oil change. Place old newspapers underneath the bonnet and safely lift the car using a jack and secure it. Place the bowl or basin underneath the oil drain plug in the engine and then unscrew the plug using the wrench; the oil will start to filter through into the basin. When the flow has stemmed, replace and tighten the plug securely and then place the funnel onto the oil cap and start pouring the new oil in gradually. After you’ve finished, pour the discarded oil into a bottle and dispose of it in the appropriate container at a waste site.
Driver safety: Claiming compensation for an accident
If you’ve been hit by another driver, you’ve had a collision on the roads or you’ve been involved in a road accident, which was caused by the negligence of another person, you could claim car crash compensation with the help of Accident Advice Helpline.
Call our 24-hour Freephone number on 0800 689 0500, or visit the website to see if you have a viable road accident claim, and get an idea of how much your personal injury claim could be worth.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice