The average American drives over 13,000 miles per year, spends over $8,000 on owning and operating a vehicle and spends over $33,000 on a new car. If we are spending so much time in and money on our cars we better make sure they last us as long as possible. Here are a few easy tips to help ensure your beloved automobile will live a long and healthy life.
First tip is to check and change oil regularly. The more you drive, the faster your oil level runs out. Make sure to check your oil periodically about every 3,000 miles and change your oil every 5,000 miles if you want to be on the extremely safe side. Driving without oil does severe damage to the most important and expensive part of your vehicle--the engine.
Check your tire pressure. Most cars these days alert you when tire pressure is low but, if you have an older model it’s good to check your tire pressure about once a month.
Check the tread on your tires. Driving on worn tires can be extremely dangerous as it affects the tires ability to grip the road. Bald tires are pose the biggest risk on wet or icy roads.
Check your coolant level about twice a year or so. It’s located in your radiator and making sure levels aren’t low will prevent your car from overheating.
Checking your washer fluid reservoirs will help keep you safe in the event of rain, snow, hail or general obstructed vision. It’s also one of the cheapest fluids to replace
Check and replace your brake pads regularly. This will prevent damage to your brake rotors which are much more expensive to replace.
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