How to Help Maximize the Lifespan of your Vehicle
You see them all the time. Ads on television, on the radio, and in the newspaper for everything to do with cars: oil changes, transmission services, brakes and muffler places, car detailing services. If you brought your car to one of these places every time you saw an ad, you’d spend every day at a different place! All of these ads tell you to come into service your car – a constant reminder that servicing your car is important. It can also be expensive. It’s great to have an honest mechanic that you can trust to fix your vehicle, so try to find someone in your neighborhood that you can go to just in case.
But, you can minimize the number of times you need to visit the mechanic and help to maximize the lifespan of your vehicle by following a few simple (and cost-effective) guidelines.
- KEEP YOUR TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED AND PERFORM REGULAR TIRE ROTATIONS – This is a very inexpensive way to prevent some potentially expensive repair bills. Vehicles with tires that are properly inflated and rotated have fewer problems with alignment and balancing issues. Considering you can get air for your tires at any service station, it’s worth the minute or so that it talks to make sure they are inflated properly. Tire rotation can be done on your driveway with a tire changing kit, or at most service stations/garages for around twenty dollars. Properly Inflated tires cause the engine to work less, putting less undue stress on it and extending its life.
- DRIVE YOUR CAR AS TENDERLY AS POSSIBLE – Stopping and starting, peeling away when the light turns green, braking hard, driving too fast over speed bumps – these may seem like small things, but they