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When was your last service?

Knowing when to have your car checked is no different than keeping your body in peak condition.

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When did you have your last tune-up?

Us blokes can generally be quite fastidious about our machinery. It doesn't matter if we are farmers, timber workers, truckers, miners or car owners when a service is due on our machinery we either do it ourselves or we get the mechanic to do it. This is especially so when the value of our machinery is significant – sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars! With the correct maintenance schedule we can keep our machinery running optimally and can often avoid costly repairs - problems can be identified and fixed early before they become major.

Our most valuable piece of machinery however is our own health – if we are incapacitated then we are unable to operate all the other machinery that we own. But when it comes to us blokes looking after ourselves we are generally not very good at it! We mostly don't have a "maintenance schedule" and tend to use the "wait and see" approach. Physically, if we have an ache or pain, our attitude is often that of "I'll battle through this" or "I'll wait a while and see if this gets better by itself". For most of us we get away with this most of the time. Learn more...

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