T.O.W.B.I.F – Tyres, Oil, Windows, Brakes, Interiors and Fluids
A fairly common acronym among motorists is T.O.W.B.I.F which stands for tyres, oil, windows, brakes, interiors and fluids. This gives you a way to remember the broad areas that need checking on a regular basis to keep your car in good shape.
In terms of how often you should check the following, there is a lot of mixed advice out there. The safest bet is to follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation, or ask your mechanic for their advice.
Tyres: The most important thing to remember when it comes to your tyres is the pressure. Ensure they are properly inflated to the recommended pressure. It is advised that you check your vehicles’ tyre pressure regularly, and that you examine them for signs of wear and tear whilst doing so.
Oil: Oil is undoubtedly essential to your motor. Ask your mechanic on the correct method to check your oil if you’re unsure. It is recommended that you change your oil at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service interval (however you will also want to consider your driving habits i.e. whether you exceed ‘normal’ driving use). Try and check your oil on a regular basis too.
Windows: It’s important to ensure windows, mirrors and lights are all clear and free from any chips or cracks. If you do spot a break in any of the above, get it repaired as soon as possible. One way to try and prevent any cracks is by making sure you leave plenty of space when travelling behind another vehicle. This is because road debris can be flung into the air and cause damage to your windows or lights.
Brakes: If you have even the slightest concerns about your brakes, then have them serviced immediately. You can’t take any risks when it comes to your brakes, as failure can be extremely serious.
Interior: While not as crucial as the brakes of your car, making sure the interior is clean and vacuumed is still very useful. If you ever need to sell your car you will have to handover a spotless vehicle, so make sure you don’t let things get out of hand. In addition, think of your passengers experience – especially if you’re driving with children or the elderly, a clean car will be much more comfortable for them.
Fluids: Whether it’s transmission fluid, windshield fluid, brake fluid or any other fluids – they should all be checked often. As with the oil, ask your mechanic to indicate how to check the above if you have any doubts.