Tips For Regular Car Maintenance

You depend on your car to get you where you need to go. To keep things running smoothly, invest time in maintaining your car, it will pay off in the long run! Factory maintenance is a great start to regularly maintaining your car but there are other points of your vehicle to check in between. Check out some of our tip-top-tips for regular car maintenance

Car Maintenance

The Oil

Regular oil changes are one of the most basic parts of maintaining your car. The oil in your car keeps things running smoothly and keeping the proper level of oil is simple. Between regularly scheduled oil changes, you can check your oil by pulling out the dipstick and checking the oil level. Make sure your car is parked on a level surface and be sure your engine is cool to prevent possible burns. Look for a brown/black color and check the make sure it is at the appropriate level on the dipstick. Checking regularly will alert you to any irregularities and may help catch leaks early on!

The Tire Pressure

Improperly inflated tires are potentially very dangerous, they can cause blowouts that may lead to accidents(not to mention they may decrease your fuel efficiency). You can inexpensively purchase a tire pressure gauge to check your tires regularly. Keep in mind, the right tire pressure depends on the temperature outside. Check with your tire manufacturer for the right tire pressure.

Tire Tread

While you’re checking the tire pressure, take a look at the tire tread. Your tires use the tread on the tires to give you traction when driving down the road. This traction becomes especially important on slippery roads. Check for signs of wear and any odd lumps or bulges that may indicate problems and prevent potential blowouts.

The Lights – All of Them

Having any of the lights on your car not functioning properly is dangerous. Be sure to check your turn signals, brake lights, reverse lights and of course your headlights on a regular basis. Although you are likely to catch a headlight that is out, you could easily miss a brake like or taillight that doesn’t function right. These things are vital to alerting other vehicles know what you are doing or about to do – and preventing accidents. You could also get a ticket for having a light out, which could mean higher car insurance rates.

Take advantage of these tips for regular car maintenance and keep your vehicle in good running condition! It takes a short amount of time to check these important functions, but can save money, fuel, and even lives in the long run. And remember, bring your vehicle to the experts at Dave’s Auto Service- we will keep you safe and in control on the road.