The 2017 year has begun, thrusting us all into the swing of daily life. Especially for parents! We know how much driving is involved in work, school drop-offs, sports pick-ups and weekend activities and our cars become our second homes. But how safe are they?
Auto Pride, an auto-parts company dedicated to cost-effective quality parts gives road-users some valuable tips when it comes to auto safety. Founder and Managing Director, Jean du Plessis, says, “We all do our pre-holiday checks before December, but it’s just as important to do them at the start of the year too. Maintenance is key and can mean the difference between a car that breaks down unexpectedly and a reliable vehicle that lasts for years to come.”
Constant Velocity (CV) Joints, for example, are a part of the car that is crucial to auto safety yet mechanics often don’t automatically check these, Jean explains. If the CV joints aren’t checked or maintained regularly, they can easily become a problem – a fact that many drivers are unaware of.
“Especially in tough economic times, mechanics only do the work that the customer has asked for. People are watching the bottom line and are only interested in paying for what they think that they need.”
While CV joints aren’t safety critical in themselves, they could affect the suspension of the car, causing much bigger problems.
Jean says, “This is such a small thing to check and a cost-effective thing to fix, which could prevent much larger safety risks.”
He also encourages motorists to follow the below checklist, ensuring their car is roadworthy and safe to drive.
- Have you checked and changed the oil?
- Are the tyres pumped up?
- Have you cleaned your car, inside and out?
- Have the parts of your car been lubricated?
- Have you changed out the transmission fluids?
- Have you replaced the brake fluid?
- Have you given your car a fresh coat of wax?
- Are you protecting your car by parking it in the shade and using a window deflector screen?
The biggest question of all, however, is: have you had your CV joints checked?
For more information on Auto Pride visit www.autopride.pro
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