Motorists in maintenance checks mayhem

Drivers are being told that they are failing to carry out important vehicle examinations frequently enough – and it is costing them dearly. DRIVERS need to carry out essential checks on their cars far more often, according to a major survey.

Many Zimbabwean motorists will only undertake crucial inspections, such as their car battery (56 per cent), engine oil (30 per cent), and cooling liquid system (49 per cent), once a year or less. The survey of 2000 drivers, conducted by  Drive Zim technical officers, has also shed light on the things Zimbo’s are most likely to avoid when it comes to car maintenance.

Although 42 per cent will seek to resolve issues within the first few days of noticing a problem, 58 per cent wait longer before addressing faults, with two per cent admitting to never getting worrying matters checked over. The top five areas Zimbo’s are least likely to address are Horn performance (38 per cent), battery performance (38 per cent), signs of rust (33 per cent), cooling liquid system (29 per cent) and engine oil levels (11 per cent).

Out of sight is out of mind, it would seem, when it comes to car upkeep, with elements that are under the bonnet being checked the least. Horn performance and signs of rust may easily become an afterthought, but they’re all important factors in keeping your car running.

More visual areas of maintenance are, unsurprisingly, the ones that Zimbo’s are more likely to check regularly, such as windscreen wash (31 per cent) and tyre pressure (33 per cent).

Drivers are given a steer about their personalities

Car type also impacts how frequently it’s maintained, with 5 per cent of electric car owners sorting out their maintenance issues immediately, compared with only 25 per cent of diesel drivers and 29 per cent of petrol motorists who will get an issue checked as soon as it arises.

Drive Zim technical team shared some top tips on car upkeep. General car maintenance should take place every six to 12 months depending on mileage. This varies based on how often a car is used. Most people doing moderate journeys should be having their car checked over for service on an annual basis. Checks in winter to ensure tyres are fit for use are a must. Bad roads can be dangerous in a poorly maintained car.

Avoiding maintenance can lead to premature engine wear from lack of service – it’s a massive issue that most people don’t think about.“Aside from the service, you should be regularly checking tyre pressures and oil levels after long journeys. Small things can go a long way to keeping your car in good shape, bringing down the yearly costs if preventative measures are taken. Not addressing important issues can lead to an expensive breakdown and could even make your vehicle dangerous to drive. We understand maintenance can sometimes be confusing and, if you’re unsure of how to do it yourself, you can always call our technical officers for assistance with fitting your parts.

We hope these tips will shed light on the importance of car upkeep, helping you to not only keep your car healthy but maybe save you some money, too.

Reliable and Cost-Effective Breakdown Service. Ensure you are covered when the unexpected happens, become a member TODAY.

There is one certain way in which you can hasten rescue by an affordable towing service.  If you are looking for an emergency towing service that boasts a record of providing speedy and cost-effective service, look no further than Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance.

We know that breakdowns are never convenient. Getting stranded while you’re on the move can make you frustrated and angry. A lot of the panic caused by a breakdown comes from the uncertainty of it all. How are you going to get your car fixed? How will you get home? How will you pick kids from school? What will you do if you can’t manage either? But, if you have Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance  (DZRA) on your side, you’ll soon see the bright side of the situation, completely panic-free. Call us or Whatsapp at 0780 579 261/0718 084 297 / 0736 523 424 Email:info@drivezim.co.zw.

Drivers are being told that they are failing to carry out important vehicle examinations frequently enough – and it is costing them dearly. DRIVERS need to carry out essential checks on their cars far more often, according to a major survey.

Many Zimbabwean motorists will only undertake crucial inspections, such as their car battery (56 per cent), engine oil (30 per cent), and cooling liquid system (49 per cent), once a year or less. The survey of 2000 drivers, conducted by  Drive Zim technical officers, has also shed light on the things Zimbo’s are most likely to avoid when it comes to car maintenance.

Although 42 per cent will seek to resolve issues within the first few days of noticing a problem, 58 per cent wait longer before addressing faults, with two per cent admitting to never getting worrying matters checked over. The top five areas Zimbo’s are least likely to address are Horn performance (38 per cent), battery performance (38 per cent), signs of rust (33 per cent), cooling liquid system (29 per cent) and engine oil levels (11 per cent).

Out of sight is out of mind, it would seem, when it comes to car upkeep, with elements that are under the bonnet being checked the least. Horn performance and signs of rust may easily become an afterthought, but they’re all important factors in keeping your car running.

More visual areas of maintenance are, unsurprisingly, the ones that Zimbo’s are more likely to check regularly, such as windscreen wash (31 per cent) and tyre pressure (33 per cent).

Drivers are given a steer about their personalities

Car type also impacts how frequently it’s maintained, with 5 per cent of electric car owners sorting out their maintenance issues immediately, compared with only 25 per cent of diesel drivers and 29 per cent of petrol motorists who will get an issue checked as soon as it arises.

Drive Zim technical team shared some top tips on car upkeep. General car maintenance should take place every six to 12 months depending on mileage. This varies based on how often a car is used. Most people doing moderate journeys should be having their car checked over for service on an annual basis. Checks in winter to ensure tyres are fit for use are a must. Bad roads can be dangerous in a poorly maintained car.

Avoiding maintenance can lead to premature engine wear from lack of service – it’s a massive issue that most people don’t think about.“Aside from the service, you should be regularly checking tyre pressures and oil levels after long journeys. Small things can go a long way to keeping your car in good shape, bringing down the yearly costs if preventative measures are taken. Not addressing important issues can lead to an expensive breakdown and could even make your vehicle dangerous to drive. We understand maintenance can sometimes be confusing and, if you’re unsure of how to do it yourself, you can always call our technical officers for assistance with fitting your parts.

We hope these tips will shed light on the importance of car upkeep, helping you to not only keep your car healthy but maybe save you some money, too.

Reliable and Cost-Effective Breakdown Service. Ensure you are covered when the unexpected happens, become a member TODAY.

There is one certain way in which you can hasten rescue by an affordable towing service.  If you are looking for an emergency towing service that boasts a record of providing speedy and cost-effective service, look no further than Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance.

We know that breakdowns are never convenient. Getting stranded while you’re on the move can make you frustrated and angry. A lot of the panic caused by a breakdown comes from the uncertainty of it all. How are you going to get your car fixed? How will you get home? How will you pick kids from school? What will you do if you can’t manage either? But, if you have Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance  (DZRA) on your side, you’ll soon see the bright side of the situation, completely panic-free. Call us or Whatsapp at 0780 579 261/0718 084 297 / 0736 523 424 Email:info@drivezim.co.zw.

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