How to check your own levels before a trip away

When taking a car on a long journey car journey the first thing on everybody’s list should be to check their levels. But unfortunately for young and inexperienced drivers this can seem quite challenging furthermore this may make them sceptical and second guess whether they want to even go away or delay it by booking their car into a local garage for service.  When owning a car this is essential to learn early on, although admitted quite challenging at first, throughout your time as a motorist this will be one of the most essential and helpful things you can learn to do.

which fluids should i be checking
which fluids should i be checking

When checking levels there are 5 things you must check there is; engine oil, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid and windshield washer fluid. Before checking anything make sure your car is parked on level ground with a cold engine.

First off although it sounds complex and only that a mechanic could check, this only requires some basic car knowledge, here’s how easily you can check your engine oil.  Start by removing and cleaning the dipstick, then reinsert it, then check it again and you will see if it is low, if that is the case add the appropriate amount by referring to your cars owner’s manual, which will also tell you how often to refill, furthermore make sure not to overfill and follow the owners’ manual precisely to ensure a healthy engine.

When checking your coolant, you will find a clear plastic container near the radiator, you will easily be able to see the indicated line and if the water is near or below that line, make sure to refill, simply add a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze.


To check your power steering fluid, first locate a small tank in the area near the firewall at the bottom of the windshield. In some cases this may be separate from the steering pump, or located as part of the pump’s assembly. For the safe and correct measurement, make sure to fill up in-between the maximum and minimum lines indicated.


Now for your brake fluid, this is located at the drivers or passengers position in a white, opaque reservoir. To top up use brake fluid for a new bottle or brake fluid to as a safety precaution and to ensure a healthy car with longevity on the road.

Now finally for your windshield washer fluid which is the most simple fluid in your car to top up. Simply just keep it full to ensure a clean windshield, as in some situations where something obscures your vision you make need it, or when there is a bright sun glare for your windshield wipers to clean.

After all of this is completed you be well on your way to a healthy road trip when it comes to the fluid section of your car. It is so important to take some time to learn how o do these as it can save you time when instead of having to book in your car to a garage you can simply do it at home. To a new , young  or inexperienced driver this could be so helpful to learn!