The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance

What makes a care safe?

Having a safe and reliable car can take a lot of upkeep, but it’s worth it to keep you safe and make your car stay on the road longer. 

Often times many Americans don’t keep up with all the maintenance a car needs to stay on the road. Regular maintenance of your vehicle usually cost less than major repairs and can also help avoid those major repairs.  Are you one of those people? Do you know what it takes to keep your car on the road longer and keep you safe?

Helpful maintenance

Oil Changes

Getting your oil change regularly is one of the most important things you can do to keep your car running. You should be changing your oil every 3 months or between 3,000-6,000 miles. That number can vary depending on how often and how far your travel. There are so many moving parts in your car and we rely on oil to clean and cool those parts. 

Tires

Another important upkeep on your car is tires. Bad tires can create many safety problems like effecting your brakes or they can blow out at any time while driving. Keeping up with your tire pressure and your tread is a good way to make sure your tires are always in top shape. Tire rotations can help increase the life of your tires and ensure your steering is good. Having bad tires can create a bumpy ride that causes your car to pull one way over the other. 

Lights

Lights play a major role on your car and require constant upkeep. Having working head lights not only benefits you and what you can see but, it also helps other see you. Your lights come in handy more than just at night. On a rainy day, a foggy morning or early in the evening your lights can help people see when you are coming and avoid a collision. Working blinkers help notify those around you of your next moves like when you are turning, changing lanes, or pulling over can avoid confusion and keep you and those around you safe. Making sure your brake lights are working is a big part of your light maintenance. Your brake lights are important to notifying the people behind you when you are slowing or stopping so they know to slow down. 

Brakes

Finally, brakes are the most important safety feature and maintenance priority on your vehicle. Being able to slow down or stop at a moments notice will protect your car and possibly save a life. You should get your brakes inspected every 6 months. If you have an issue with your brakes you need to get them fixed immediately for the safety of you and every one else on the road. 

It’s important to keep up with the maintenance of your vehicle, so that you will have a safe and reliable means of transportation. Keeping your car in tip top shape with frequent maintenance checks can help avoid breakdowns and wrecks. Regular upkeep of your car will also help your car last longer.