How to Take Care of Your Car
So, you got yourself some new wheels. Sweet!
Maybe it’s a used car. Maybe it’s a shiny new car. Either way, you have now joined into one of America’s greatest dreams – owning a car.
You have freedom, you have the open road, you have responsibilities. WHOA!
I bet you weren’t thinking about all that. Relax – we have some general tips to consider to help you stay a part of the mobile society.
We Americans can spend hours a day in the car. And we travel trillions of miles a year. That my friends is a lot of wear and tear on our vehicles. So, how can you keep that nice ride of yours operating and looking its best?
Start with the owner’s manual. Take time to read it and become familiar with the maintenance requirements.
Some of the most critical parts of your car are the tires. Yup, those things under your car. Check with a professional mechanic to make sure your tires are properly inflated, have sufficient tread depth, and are in good working condition. Did you know that flat tires can contribute to a breakdown or accident? And, a tire could lose a considerable amount of air before it looks flat?
Let me show you one of the best gadgets you can own if you drive a car. A pressure gauge. Keep up the air, lower the despair. Use it in between scheduled maintenance to make sure the air pressure is where it should be. Properly inflated tires can also help save gas.
Regular scheduled maintenance means just that – keep it regular. Have a mechanic check the fluid levels including the oil, anti-freeze, brake and transmission fluids. And have the mechanic keep an eye on the hoses, belts and other parts for wear and tear.
Become familiar with the gauges on your dashboard. Every car has them. Look in your vehicle owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with what each gauge means.
And finally, here are some other things to consider when you are out driving.
Stay back from trucks with loose debris. Otherwise flying stones or debris can chip or crack your windshield. It’s also smart to listen to your vehicle. Turn down the radio and learn the sounds your vehicle makes while starting it, when it is running and stopping. This way, you may be able to hear tell-tale signs of stress on your tires, breaks, belts and other parts of your car.
These general tips can help your vehicle last longer and stay in your garage, not your mechanics. And finally, check out the cost of Emergency Roadside Assistance coverage.
The road of life has many twists and turns. Reduce your risk and ease your mind by being prepared and knowing everything you can about taking care of your car.