3 easy maintenance checks anyone can do

The phrase "fleet maintenance" can be scary for some, with the notion that these complicated machines require complex maintenance. 

This doesn't have to be the case, as a major part of maintenance is made up of routine checks and procedures that anyone can do. These measures not only increase vehicle reliability, but safety and efficiency as well. 

Check your tyre pressure

Tyres are arguably the most important part of a vehicle. It doesn't matter if you're driving a brand new Ferrari or the tired old work van, bad tyres make a bad vehicle. Because they are the only part of the car touching the road, tyres are responsible for traction under braking and through corners, meaning they are directly responsible for driver safety.

Luckily, the easiest maintenance procedure relating to tyres is also free. As long as your tread isn't worn down, maintaining tyre pressures will increase grip and responsiveness while also reducing fuel consumption. It almost seems too good to be true!

As long as it is checked around once a month you should be good to go. Try and do it when refilling your car, as petrol stations have places where you can top up your air for free. 

Change your wiper blades

To drive safely and efficiently on the road, visibility is key. While this seems obvious, there are plenty of motorists out there with wiper blades that are doing more harm than good. 

Worn-out wiper blades won't increase visibility in the rain, and could instead make it a lot harder to see, putting yourself and other drivers at risk. Again, this is an easy check for any driver to make. Simply turn on the wipers and see how they go. 

If there is any smearing or streaking, it's time for a new pair. Thankfully, they are piece of cake to install. Slide the old out and the new one in and you're ready for the weather. 

Check oil levels

Engines are complicated pieces of machinery and rely on various moving parts to function effectively. Because of the force and velocity present when an engine is running, lubrication is needed to stop the whole thing from seizing up and causing major damage. 

This is where oil comes in, keeping your motor running through thick and thin, as long as the right amount is in there. While most cars only need an oil change every 10,000 kilometres, oil levels should be checked regularly, as any unusual signs could point to more sinister problems.