Keeping your car in good shape is vital to the safety of yourself and your passengers. Also, keeping up with your car’s maintenance can save you money in the long run. Below are a few quick tips to help keep your car in the best shape possible!
Inspect and maintain tires: New tires can be expensive so you want to make sure they last as long as possible. Checking your tire pressure and tread regularly can reduce wear and ensure you are getting good gas mileage. If you notice that your tire pressure is lower than it should be make sure to correct this as soon as possible to prevent a blowout or flat. If your tire’s tread is getting worn it may be time for a new set. Also be sure to get your tires rotated every 5,000 to 10,000 miles to ensure even wear.
Change the oil: Routinely checking and changing your car’s oil is essential to keeping your engine running smoothly. Also be aware of which type of oil is best for your car. Synthetic oil versus non-synthetic oil can make a big difference in how your engine performs. Whether you decide to change your oil yourself or take it to a service center, be sure to change it every 5,000 miles or so.
Test the lights: A broken or burnt out bulb can be a safety hazard and may result in a ticket as well. If you find a bulb is out, replace it or take it to an expert to see if there is a fuse that needs replacing. Your headlights are especially essential to your safety so make sure to clean the lenses and replace the bulbs as they start to dim.
Replace the windshield wipers: Damaged or worn out wiper blades can decrease visibility during a storm and can be a major safety hazard to you and your passengers. Make sure to replace these as soon as you notice that they are not working as they should. It is recommended that wipers are replaced every 6 to 12 months.
Have your brakes checked: Your car’s brakes are extremely important to keep an eye on. Make sure to get them inspected regularly and listen for any noises that don’t sound normal when you brake. Also pay attention to any shuddering or vibrating as these can be early warning signs that your brake pads need to be replaced.
Review your car insurance: Call one of our agents to review your policy today! When we review your policy we make sure that the coverage is right for you in your current situation and that you are getting the best price possible!
Keeping your car and insurance up to date can save you money and keep you and your passengers safe! If you are ever unsure about an issue or how to make sure your car is running properly contact a local mechanic for help.