March 22, 2017 at 11:59 AM
As you are walking to your van in the morning, the very first thing you will automatically do is to spot any damage to the bodywork. Damage to a wheel arch could rub on your wheel and will cause damage if not a blowout. A quick visual check of your panels will let you know about damage or signs of rust.
The next thing you will look at is your tyres. Checking the pressure and tread depth every two weeks will give you notice of any upcoming issues and you can then plan the time to change your tyres at your convenience.
You will have a tool kit in the back of the van and you will not think about it until it comes to changing a tyre. It is worth checking it once a month, just to make sure that you haven't taken it out by mistake and that it has everything you would need.
You'll really notice an old and worn down wiper blade in the heavy rain but by then it is too late. Check to make sure the rubber is still flexible and there are no cracks in it.
While you are looking at the wiper blades, cast your eyes over the whole windscreen. Check for any small chips or scratches and get them repaired before they spread and you need a new windscreen.
You would think that if your lights have stopped working, someone on the road would have flashed you but by then it is too late anyway. Check your indicators, brakes and headlights regularly to ensure that they are bright enough and are still working.
It takes two seconds to lift the bonnet and pull up the dip stick. Yet a lack of oil will ruin your engine and cost you thousands to repair. It's worth the time.
When you are under the bonnet, it is worth filling up your water. If you are regularly having to top up then you know that there is a problem and you can plan to have it fixed.
Topping up your screenwash will not only keep your windscreen clean but it is a legal requirement.
The very last thing to check, right before you start your engine, is your power steering. It's vital to your safety and any issues need to be checked straight away.
There is nothing complicated to checking your van over and these simple steps could save you thousands in garage bills.