How to Maintain your Car in Top Shape-3

Minimising Abuse:

  • If your destination entails very poor roads or horrible parking conditions, cab it up! This strategy works even for outstation trips. My neighbour rents an Innova for the family pilgrimage to rough rural areas, when his Mercedes S-Class could well take him there. I prefer to call a taxi for the overcrowded Dadar market. It's more convenient and I don't have to worry about parking either.

  • Don’t allow bad drivers behind the wheel of your car. Be firm and polite when saying no, or just insist that you'd hate to be a passenger in your own car. Also, don’t lend your car out too often. No one cares about your car as much as you do.

  • Don’t overload your car with excessive passengers or cargo. Not only does overloading result in undue stress on vital components, it is also extremely dangerous.

  • Don’t make your car do anything it’s not meant to. Forget about your offroading aspirations in a FWD sedan. Refrain from splashing through water on that beach trip because it'll make for nice pictures. Look how it all went wrong for this Audi owner who "beached" his Q5.

  • Use a beater car. If you have two or more cars in the house, use the cheapest or oldest car for all the laborious work. As an example, in my family, the Nissan Sunny is the one visiting airports, vegetable markets, hardware shops etc. Net result : The other, nicer cars look, feel and drive better because they are spared the strenuous runs.

  • If you employ a chauffeur, restrict him to driving one car (and not all). Few chauffeurs ever treat cars well and most have rough driving styles. Their sleeping & eating in the car doesn't do the cabin any good either.