Most people are pretty responsible about taking their cars in for service appointments or calling their mechanics if they suspect a problem. But when it comes to preventative auto care, many people are unaware of things they can do in between those visits, to save money on future repairs and to avoid breaking down on the road.
This week, I’d like to suggest 6 easy actions you can take to make your car safer:
- Maintain tire pressure – Low tire pressure not only wastes fuel, it can also cause tires to overheat, which can lead to a blowout. (While you’re looking at your tires, you should also check for signs of wear and damage.)
- Inspect your car battery – If the top of the battery shows signs of corrosion and appears wet, that’s an indication that the battery may be failing soon. Please bring it in so we can test it; this can prevent an unexpected break down due to a failed battery.
- Inspect your wiper blades – Wiper blades usually last about a year or so; I suggest Inspecting your car wiper blades at least once a month. Look for tears and signs of wear, and replace them as needed. If the wipers are streaking the windshield, that’s another indication that they are worn and should be replaced. Don’t worry about not knowing how to replace them; we have a complete line of wiper blades and installation is free.
- Check your exterior lights – Periodically inspect all exterior lighting. It’s just as important that other drivers see you, as it’s important to see others on the road.
- Check under hood fluids – Maintain fluid levels, including washer fluid. This will help to avoid break downs and keep you safer. Also, it will help to maintain proper engine function.
- Inspect belts and hoses. Belts and hoses wear over time. On some car models, it may be difficult to see the belts and hoses, so seek the assistance of your mechanic.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I hope these tips help you to save time and money in the future, and make your car safer on the road today.