When learning to drive, it is just as important to know about car maintenance as well as the physical act of being behind the wheel. By doing this, you will not only be taking huge steps towards passing your driving test first time, but will also be ensuring you can look after any future vehicle you may own.
One of the most important aspects to think about in this area is checking the oil level in your car.
Why is this so important?
In the simplest terms, any car has a number of moving parts that need lubrication to work properly together with no damage caused. The oil in your car is the lubrication required, and enables all the vital moving parts to work as intended by the manufacturer.
Without the correct oil levels in your car, these parts would simply seize up or destroy each other by rubbing together with no lubrication.
Obviously, the end effect of this is that your car will stop working and be very expensive to fix.
Even slightly lower levels of oil than normal will have an effect on how the car drives. The oil that is left is not as effective, which means your car engine and other parts will have to work harder to perform their normal functions.
As a result, it will not give the same optimal performance that you would usually experience.
It will help identify other issues with your car
Checking the oil in your car will also have the added bonus of helping you spot any problems with your vehicle in advance. If you notice your car is using a lot of oil when you are regularly checking (ie you are having to put some new oil in all the time), then it could point to an issue with other parts of your car, such as the engine.
How often should I check my car oil?
The best answer to this question is to check your owner’s manual for the official advice from the car manufacturer. In the past, a rough guide has been around once every few months, but to be sure it is best to double check the manual itself.
Each make and model of car will have slightly different requirements, which is why it is hard to give a generic answer to this question.
Another important point is to make sure you use the right grade of oil so you don’t invalidate any warranty from the manufacturer. This information should also be in the owner’s manual for your car.
If you want to learn to drive and pass your test quickly, then get in touch with Wimbledon Driving School today!
We can make sure you know all there is to know about car maintenance and driving to get you on the road as fast as possible.