UK road safety organisation IAM RoadSmart has offered advice to drivers of new cars.

The excitement of taking a new car out for the first time can lead to some significant dangers for drivers. As a result, it pays to take things easy at first.

Don’t get ahead of yourself

IAM RoadSmart head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman stated: “Buying a new car is exciting, but it is also a substantial investment.

“Treating it with a little restraint to begin with will help all the parts to perform at their best for longer and more reliably. This will also help you get the feel of the car before you fully exploit the performance.”

His top tips for new car owners included:

  • Start by driving gently and allow the brakes to bed in. This will help to ensure your tyres last longer if they are treated gently for the first 100 miles.
  • Check your coolant and oil levels frequently. This ensures the longevity of the engine, as consumption can be higher when a car is brand new.
  • Vary the engine speed for the first 1,000 miles. Doing so helps to ensure the moving parts of the engine are properly tested at all speeds.
  • Don’t be disappointed with poor fuel consumption at first. As the moving parts of the engine wear in, this will ensure fuel consumption improves over time.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Taking a new car for a spin is a pleasure every motorist will relish. However, it pays to take it easy at first and get used to the car’s capabilities in order to stay safe.”

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