Cutting the annual car service may save vehicle owners cash in the short term, but neglecting the tyres could cause long term problems.
As car owners look to save money during the credit crunch they must beware false economies, such as ignoring illegal tyres.
But for vehicle owners who feel they have no choice but to delay their annual service, here are a few key pointers to help keep your car in good shape and avoid unexpected repair bills.
Check tyres regularly for cracks and bumps which could lead to punctures.
Maintain tyres at manufacturers recommended pressure to be more fuel efficient and protect rubber from uneven wear.
Replace blown bulbs and faulty windscreen wipers yourself.
Avoid riding your clutch when stopped at traffic lights, because once worn they are expensive to replace. Also, avoid resting your foot on the clutch pedal as this could also lead to premature wear.
Before taking your vehicle in for a repair, ask the garage for the cost upfront and insist that any additional repair costs should be authorized by yourself. This will help to avoid any unwanted surprises.
These straightforward steps recommended by the Automobile Association of South Africa may help ease the burden of not having a service.