Money-saving tips: Drivers are told to take simple steps to save money on car running costs

With the cost of living crisis showing no signs of slowing down, motorists will try everything in their power to save money where they can. One of the best ways to do this when it comes to vehicles is to avoid extensive and costly damage.

Motoring experts have now warned that car maintenance is particularly important in the summer when temperatures rise.

A poorly maintained vehicle can not only affect the safety of the driver and other road users, it can also be very expensive to repair.

With that in mind, experts in CarParts4Less have put together some essential tips to help drivers drive their cars more efficiently this summer.

These are:

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The engine, for example, can be at increased risk of overheating, so drivers should ensure the engine coolant is topped up regularly to prevent this.

Motorists could face a hefty bill of over £1,500 to replace an engine that has overheated.

Another vital fluid to consider is windshield washer fluid.

The glare of the sun can greatly reduce visibility on dirty windshields, so it is extremely important to have plenty of washers and properly working windshield wipers.

Protect your tires

The average cost of a new tire is £80 (based on a Ford Fiesta, the UK’s most popular car).

Without fully functioning tires, any summer road trip should be cancelled, so it’s important to keep up with maintenance and address any issues that come up.

Drivers should check tire pressure weekly and perform essential checks before every long trip.

It’s not only a safety measure, but also a financial one, as having the correct pressure means the car will run better and be more fuel efficient.

Summer is also a good time for punctures or blowouts due to the hot weather causing the air in the tires to heat up and expand.

Depending on the car model, the price of a tire can be expensive, so it’s best to avoid these problems by keeping your tires fresh when possible and always having a puncture repair kit on hand in case of emergencies.

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