Schedule regular maintenance
When was the last time you had a tune-up or an oil change? Regular maintenance is essential if you want to keep your car running at its best, and it will help you catch potential problems early.
Tip: Your car’s manual will have a recommended maintenance schedule. Follow this schedule, as it’s been tailored to your specific make and model.
Don’t put off repairs
Those check engine lights are there for a reason. Minor annoyances can turn into major issues for your engine if left alone for too long. This means costly repairs and downtime for your car. If you notice something wrong with your car, have it checked out as soon as possible.
Tip: Keep the number of a trusted mechanic saved in your phone’s contacts. When something goes wrong with your car, you won’t have an excuse to put off scheduling an appointment.
Clean your car inside and out
Did you know that cleaner cars tend to have better gas mileage? Less weight on the inside and less drag on the outside of your car means less strain on your engine. If your car’s interior looks like the floor of your closet and someone keeps writing “wash me” on the windshield, it’s time to clean!
Tip: Keep a plastic bag or small trash bag in your car to collect trash during the week, then get into the habit of taking it in when you get home from work every Friday.
Get your car inspected
It’s not just the law; having your car inspected ensures that your car is running efficiently. Yearly inspections will help to catch potential issues before they turn into bigger, more expensive problems.
Tip: It’s easy to forget when your inspection is due to be renewed. Mark your calendar or set up a reminder on your smartphone.
Check your tires
Don’t get caught stranded with a flat or blown-out tire. Once or twice a month, take an extra five minutes out of your day to inspect your tires for worn treads, nails and debris, and other signs of damage.
Tip: Rotating your tires can help prevent them from wearing down too quickly. Ask your mechanic about tire rotation when you schedule your next maintenance appointment.
Maintain your auto glass
Your windshield, mirrors, and headlights all help you keep your eyes on the road, which is one of the most important parts of driving. Check your auto glass for cracks and chips on a regular basis and get broken auto glass replaced as soon as possible.
Tip: A broken windshield might not have to be replaced. Certain types of damage can be repaired by an auto glass professional.