Sunday 25 February 2018

Maintaining your car’s oil level is essential to ensuring the condition of your vehicle and your safety while driving.

Failure to maintain the correct oil level and carry out the necessary oil/filter changes can result in extensive and costly engine damage.

In this series of videos by the Road Safety Authority, motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert explains how you can do a number of simple checks to ensure your car runs smoothly and safely in between services. See more information on these checks here.

You need to make sure your vehicle is kept in a roadworthy condition at all times. It’s the law. The NCT is a basic safety check and not a substitute for regular servicing. It’s recommended that you get your vehicle serviced by a qualified mechanic at least once a year, or every 15,000km, whichever comes first.  But every car is different, so please refer to your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer for your own vehicle’s timelines.

Checking the level of the oil in your engine is a very important safety check that you can do easily yourself. Driving with a level that’s too low or two high is unsafe, so to check it, use a dipstick. Engine oil should be maintained between the maximum mark and minimum oil mark on the oil dipstick. The dipstick is usually found under the hood, if there isn’t one, consult your car’s manual to find out how you can check the oil.

Remember, a yellow-orange oil can light on your dashboard means your oil level is low, while a red oilcan light means your oil pressure is low and you should pull over your car as soon as it is safe to do so.

Don’t wait for the red oil pressure warning light to come on – check the engine oil dipstick level today. The oil level should be checked on a regular basis and especially before setting off on long journeys.

To see other video’s like this one, visit the RSA’s Car Safety Checks series on YouTube here.

Irish Road Safety Week from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 October 2017;

This year, Irish Road Safety Week (IRSW) will be taking place from Monday 2 October to Sunday 8 October with lots of road safety activities planned nationwide. Find out more here.

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