The best ways to service and maintain your car

A study has shown that Brits are spending over 8,000 hours of their life (8,084 hours to be exact) commuting. Doing the math on that: that’s 337 days – nearly an entire year. With that amount of time spent in your car, all the more reason to ensure your car is well-maintained and serviced to reduce more unnecessary time stuck in your car, worse than commuting, waiting for your breakdown service to save the day.

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The Sainbury’s Bank Money Matters Team have put together this nifty Guide to servicing and maintain your car to ensure that your car stays in tip-top condition. Advice includes checking your car’s oil level every two weeks and before long trips and ensuring that your car’s tyre tread is at least 1.6mm deep (this is a legal requirement).

In the event that you do break down, it’s a good idea to have the following packed in your car:

  • The contact information and policy number of your breakdown cover;
  • An emergency breakdown kit – these can be picked up online, a petrol station or auto shop. They often include some of the following:

A torch
A reflective warning triangle
A hi-vis vest
Tow rope
Foot pump
Whistle

  • Portable phone charger;
  • A bottle of water and non-perishable snack.

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Laura Watling

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