A good drum kit can cost thousands so even if you have had one bought for you, look after it!
Make sure to tell your band mates not to do destructive 'rock moves' on it like smashing their instrument on it.
If you have to share your drums at a gig, you will find that other drummers respect a drum kit that is kept in good condition.
How to Look After Your Drums Checklist
1. Keep Cymbals and Drum Shells Clean
2. Replace Broken or worn Drum Skins
3. Use protective patches (Evans, Remo and others make them) on your bass drum where the beater makes contact with drum. Never put duckt tape or gaffa tape on there. It will get sticky when it wears through (only after a few songs) and your beater will start to stick to the drum after a while. This will wreck your drum and bass drum pedal. Replace broken patches immediately.
4. Make sure all cymbal stands have the correct plastic sleeves between cymbal and metal part of stand (may cause cymbal to crack otherwise) and that all wing nuts and protective felts are used. Never have metal contact with any cymbal.
5. The clutch for the high hats should have all the parts it came with. If not, replace it. You should also use it correctly - ask your drum teacher or someone in your local drum shop for more information. If you are a touring drummer that shares drums with other bands, you may come across a drummer that has a really bad clutch on their kit. Always bring your own clutch for this occurance. You will know what we mean when you come across one of those drummers. Don't be one of them!!
6. If you share your drums with anyone at a show, make sure they bring and use their own cymbals, stands, snare and bass drum pedal. In return, you should bring these 'breakables' with you when sharing someone else's drums.
7. Always set up your drums on carpet or a drum mat to prevent slippage of the drums. If they slip, your drums may scratch and be put in positions that damage them.
8. Transport your drums in soft or hard cases.
9. Transport your cymbals in soft or hard cases.
10. Consider having a practice kit (including a second set of cymbals) set up at home or in your rehearsal room, and having a gig kit in boxes ready to go. This is a lot easier, and also reduces wear and tear on the drum kit, and cymbals.