January 5th, 2015
Get in tiptop shape.
Start a maintenance regimen to save money, time, and fuel. Having a timeline of checkups and inspections prevents hiccups later on down the line. A trained technician can help you tune your vehicle so it runs smoothly and efficiently.
Don’t be idle.
Ten minutes of idling produces almost a quarter-ton of carbon dioxide emissions and costs upwards of $80 a year, not to mention the unnecessary wear you’re putting on the engine and belt drive systems.
Check the pressure.
It’s important to check your tire pressures regularly, particularly during the winter months. Cold weather causes air pressure to decrease, thus reducing the life of your tires and substantially reducing your fuel economy.
Find some balance.
Tires that are unbalanced can cause vibration, leading to stress on suspension and steering components. Make sure to get your tires rotated every five to ten thousand miles to ensure that tires are wearing evenly.
Your car needs to be pampered too! Monthly washing ensures that debris doesn’t damage the paint. By extension, waxing protects the clear coat from breaking down and exposing the paint to the effects of oxidation and road rubble. Make sure to vacuum too, as this removes abrasive dirt that can wear down upholstery and carpeting.
Go out on the town.
Show your car some love with a spontaneous road trip. Pick a place as nearby (or far away!) as you’d like, and make a weekend of it. Clear your head with a full tank of gas and some open road time.
Checking your car’s fluids is crucial for longevity. Make a note to check periodically throughout the year that all fluids are at the correct level. This includes washer fluid, coolant, brake fluid, oil, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid. Be sure to refer to your owner’s manual for step-by-step instructions on how to check your vehicle’s fluids. Also, be sure to change your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, or as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
Assembling a roadside emergency kit is a great idea, whether you drive once a day or once a week. Having tools on hand for changing a flat or jumping a battery will provide peace-of-mind. While you’re at it, make sure all of your paperwork (insurance cards, registration, service records etc.) is organized for one less stress.
Pay attention to the little things.
Hearing a strange noise or rattle? Is your car pulling slightly to one side? Does the engine whine when you hit the gas? Pay attention to these small cues that could indicate a bigger underlying problem and be sure to bring them to the attention of your Professional Service Technician.