Here at Awards Driving School, we are committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for our learner drivers. With dedicated and experienced instructors, and the latest cars that are designed specifically for making your learning easier, we make passing your test as easy as possible.

What happens after you pass your test though? Unfortunately, nice though they are, our instructors can’t be there to help you forever. With this in mind, we thought that we would put together a little list of things that you should know how to fix on your car. Knowing how to perform these basic tasks will inevitably help you when you buy your own car and head out, unsupervised on Britain’s 246,813 miles of public roads.

Changing your wipers

Imagine that you’re driving down the motorway and it’s pouring down with rain, your wipers are trying their hardest but they just cannot shift the water… scary thought isn’t it? Well, we are here to help as one of the simplest and most vital jobs that you can do on your own car is to change the wiper blades.

Step 1 – Removing the old blades

This really is an easy step and only requires a little fiddling. Simply lift the wiper away from the screen (placing a towel on the glass to protect it), you will see that close to where the blade attaches to the arm there is a quick release clip, simply undo this and the blade should easily work free, if not then a little wd40 will do the trick nicely.

Car Maintenance wipers

Step 2 – Attaching new wiper blades

This step is basically the reverse of the above; simply slide the wiper blade into place until you hear the clip click and then you can get on your way.

Checking your oil

This video is sure to make clear just how seriously your car needs oil, and keeping a regular check on your cars oil level is a must for any car owner. Luckily this essential car tip is even easier than the first step and takes literally 30 seconds.

Step 1 – Finding the dipstick

Underneath the bonnet of your car, there is a dipstick that allows you to see the level of oil in your car’s engine; it will look incredibly similar to the image below, if not identical. Once you have found this, remove it and wipe away any oil on the stick with some kitchen roll or a rag and reinsert the dipstick fully.

Car Maintenance dipstick

Step 2 – Checking the level of oil

You will notice that on the dipstick there are two lines, marks or holes at a set distance apart; these represent the minimum and maximum levels of oil. Provided that your oil is somewhere between these two markers then you are in for some more worry-free motoring.

We hope that these simple tips will help you to make sure that your pride and joy is in perfect nick for as long as you choose to keep it.

If you want more information on our driving lessons in Leicester or any of our other services then don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.