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Whilst the nation has been staying safe at home, many cars across the UAE have been taking a well-earned rest.

Just as we must take our own necessary precautions when venturing beyond our front doors - wearing a face mask, protective gloves and ensuring we continue to implement social distancing – our vehicles need their own safety checklist before getting back on the road.

The team at ADNOC Distribution has put together 8top tips to ensure your car operates safely and optimally before you take it for a spin. All are designed to be easily performed by vehicle owners at home, but with a range of lube change and vehicle inspection services available at stations across the UAE for those who want some additional support and checks for their car.


  1. Check dashboard for warning lights

Start up your vehicle and allow to settle for 30 seconds to one minute. If you see any lights remaining illuminated or flashing on your dashboard, consult your vehicle’s user manual to identify the potential fault.

  1. Check headlights, taillights and indicators

Ensure your vehicle is parked in a safe, secure location. One by one, switch on your headlights and then taillights, assessing the front and rear of your car to ensure they are all in working order before switching off again. Test your indicators by indicating left and then right, again checking outside your car for functioning lights each time.

  1. Check car temperature

Switch on your engine and allow to settle for 30 seconds to one minutes. The dashboard temperature gauges tend not to show exact temperatures, but the needle should sit somewhere in the middle of the hot to cold gauge to show normal.  

  1. Check wipers for cracks and top up wiper fluid

Lift each of your wind screen wipers gently and run a clean cloth over the rubber strip that sits against the window screen to remove any dust or dirt. Check for any small cracks of splits in the rubber. To fill up your wiper fluid, open the hood of your vehicle and identify the cap with a windscreen wiper symbol. Use water with a small amount of windscreen wash concentrate to fill.

  1. Check tires are evenly inflated

You can check your tires are evenly inflated without a gauge through touch and site. If you tires look as though they are protruding one or two millimeters at each side, they may need air. You can also check by hand by pushing the wall of the tire to check if it feels soft. Find the PSI level in your car’s manual, or sticker located on the inside rim of your car door, this should then be checked again once you reach a fuel station.

  1. Check car battery by starting your car

Start your car as normal and ensure the engine is turned on. Check all lights and functions – car radio, AC etc – are working as they should.

  1. Check mirrors and adjust as needed

Once seated in the vehicle, ensure the rear and side mirrors are positioned correctly and clearly.

  1. Check oil levels with the dipstick

Ensure your car is parked on a level surface and the engine is switched off and cooler down. Open the hood of your car and identify the dipstick, which should be located on the top of your oil tank and typically looks like a bright yellow ring. Pull the dipstick all the way out and wipe clean with a rag or cloth, reinsert and then remove once more to check the oil level, this will read L (low) to F (full) and your oil should sit as close to F as possible without overfilling.


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