If you’re prepping for a road trip this summer, it’s a good idea to carry out some basic car maintenance tasks before you set off. Driving for long periods of time carries a high risk of road traffic accidents, and ensuring your car is in tip-top condition can help to prevent accidents on the road. Yet, if you are required to do some maintenance, is it safe to change the oil on your car yourself?
Is it safe to change the oil of your car yourself?
If you’re embarking on a long journey, its always beneficial to spend an afternoon giving your car a once-over. Always ensure that your tax, insurance and MOT are up to date. You will also need to check:
- Tyre pressure, including the spare tyre
- Water and coolant levels
- Oil levels
If you need to change the oil, you have two options. You can either book your car into the garage and let the professionals do it, or you can attempt to change the oil yourself.
There are some good step-by-step guides and video tutorials online if you have knowledge and experience of working under the bonnet. If you are a complete novice, and you’re not confident in your abilities, it may be best to go with the pros.
Staying safe when driving during the summer
In the summer months, there’s nothing better than getting into the car and going for a drive. We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to natural beauty spots and rugged beaches and long, hot days make for a special summer.
If you are driving, bear these safety tips in mind to reduce the risk of car crash injuries:
- Always pay attention to speed limits
- Wear sunglasses and keep well back from the vehicle in front if visibility is poor due to the glare of the sun
- Be patient when driving behind caravans, tractors, or other slow-moving vehicles
- Check traffic reports before you leave
- Always ensure you have a spare tyre and a first aid kit with you
- Carry bottled water, snacks and warm layers, just in case you break down
- Make sure you have breakdown cover
Many of us drive every day without any problems at all; however, there are risks. If you’ve been injured by another driver or you’ve been involved in a car crash which wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out how you could make a no-win, no-fee* claim for road accident compensation.
Our helpful advisors are ready to take your call on 0800 689 0500, or dial 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice