Your car does a good job of getting you from point A to point B every day when you need it to. In fact, you’ve probably taken for granted the fact once in a while that it will almost always start up without giving you any grieve or run smoothly on the course of your journeys. If you want to keep this trend going, you should focus on how you can keep your car running in good shape for as long as possible.
Here are 10 tips to help you keep your ride running for as long as it possibly can!
Help the Engine Breathe – You know that you need to get your oil and oil filter changed regularly, but there are a few other components that, when changed, will help the engine function better. Don’t forget to change your car’s fluids and, of course, your air filter! When the filter is clogged, your engine may not work properly, and your fuel economy can suffer as well.
Keep It Cool – When you regularly maintain your vehicle’s cooling system and ensure that the coolant level is at the correct level, you could be saving yourself thousands of dollars in repairs. A properly-working cooling system can keep your engine running for years to come. Make sure that the coolant is maintained and the hoses are checked regularly.
Show Your Tires Some Love – Your vehicle’s tires work hard to get you where you need to go, but we often wind up ignoring the tires until there’s a problem like a flat or low tread. Pay special attention to your tires’ inflation pressure. This will help keep your tires healthy and will boost your fuel economy. To find what psi your tires need to maintain, check the owner’s manual.
Pay Attention to the Service Lights – When something goes wrong in your vehicle, your service lights will come on. Don’t ignore them. They are a clear indicator that something’s off. Take your car into your trusted mechanic to resolve the issue.
Get It Serviced Regularly – Speaking of your trusted mechanic, if you don’t have one, make it your mission to find a repair shop and mechanic that you trust completely, and bring your vehicle in there for servicing every time. Consider that mechanic your car’s “doctor” – he or she will know the ins and outs and idiosyncrasies of your car and will know what to look for every time.
Look For Yourself – Every once in a while, walk around your car and take a good look at it for a few minutes. Check to see if your tires are wearing evenly, open the hood, and check out the hoses and belts. Ensure that your brake lights and signal lights are all working properly. If you spot what could be a problem, call up your mechanic and schedule an appointment.
Keep a Maintenance Schedule – This will be easy if you take your car into your trusted mechanic. He or she will tell you when you need to bring your vehicle in for service next, so do your best to stick to the schedule to keep your car working in tip-top shape!
Drive Smarter – Want to make your car last forever? Improve your habits behind the wheel! Believe it or not, the way you drive your car will effect not only how long your gas will last but also your car’s life expectancy. Say no to fast starts and jet-stops, speeding, and tailgating. Regularly engaging in good driving habits can help make your car last for years!
Give It Shelter – As often as you can, store your car inside a garage, under a carport, or inside a parking garage when you go to work. The elements can wear down your car’s exterior, especially bird droppings and tree sap. Don’t have a roof to put over your car? Use a cover to give it a barrier against Mother Nature!
Clean It Often – Take the time out to clean out your car’s interior, dust it, wipe down the windows, and vacuum the floors and cushions. Additionally, wash your car regularly to get rid of all that grime, and protect the exterior by waxing it. Waxing the exterior once per season is a good rule of thumb!
When you’re taking the time out to car for your car, be sure that your auto insurance is up-to-date, too. Your Madison Mutual agent can help with that! Call us today at 1-800-766-MMIC to get started.