Avoid a car breakdown and save money on car repairs
We advise motorists to keep an eye out for any abnormal smells, noises and other tell-tale signs that you are experiencing car trouble. The ability to diagnose these warning signs will help motorists keep on top of any required car maintenance and potentially mitigate future breakdowns or costly car repairs.
Pay attention to what you see
One of the easiest ways for a driver to identify a car problem is if they see it for themselves. The following are classic signs that vehicle maintenance is required:
Follow your nose
If you smell anything abnormal, seek assistance and do not continue on your journey. The following are common signs that vehicle maintenance is required:
Don’t ignore your ears
Whether you are driving a petrol, diesel, electric or hybrid car, motorists should instinctively know how their vehicle normally sounds. Should a strange vehicle sound be detected, drivers should look to have the problem diagnosed and rectified without delay. A well maintained car will last for hundreds of thousands of kilometers if properly maintained. There are a few car noises you should listen out for:
React to what you feel
If something does not feel right when you are driving, it probably means that it’s not. It is important to trust your senses. The following signs are common:
To recap, from a safety and economical perspective, motorists should be alert to anything out of the ordinary when it comes to their car. Motorists should also carry out regular car maintenance checks and follow their car’s servicing schedule.
If you do happen to sense abnormal smells, noises or any of the signs above from your car, be sure to seek assistance. With AA Membership, our mobile garages fix 8 out of 10 car breakdowns on the roadside, so that you’re never left stranded. Members can report a breakdown via the AA App with the click of a button. Download and register your details today.