Without your car, daily life would be a lot different. Getting to work, picking up the kids, running errands – everything would be a lot more challenging. You depend on your car, so you should make sure it’s in good condition. Don’t wait until a warning light comes on or the engine stops running. April is National Car Care Month, and it’s a great time to do some basic car maintenance.
#1: Check Your Tires
Your car’s tires are important for a number of reasons. A bad tire might blow out, potentially causing a life-threatening accident in the process. Bad tires also provide less traction, which can increase the chance of a crash. Even if you don’t get into a crash, tire problems can cause poor gas mileage and other problems.
In addition to replacing bald tires, check the pressure and have your tires rotated.
#2: Check Your Brakes
The road can be unpredictable. You don’t want to find out that your brakes are bad just as you’re driving down a steep hill or trying to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
Get your brakes checked. If you haven’t had your brake pads replaced recently, it might be time.
#3: Check Your Windshield
A cracked windshield can impair visibility and increase the odds of an injury. If you have a small crack or dent, you may be able to get it repaired without having to replace the windshield.
Also check your windshield wipers and replace them if needed. While you’re at it, check your windshield wiper fluid levels as well.
#4: Get an Oil Change and Inspection
Regular oil changes can keep your car running smoothly and prevent more expensive problems down the line.
The oil change is also a good time to check the car battery, fluid levels, belts, suspension, steering and vehicle lights. If you get a full-service oil change, an inspection that includes these elements may be included.
#5: Look for Recalls
Car recalls are common. In some cases, cars are recalled because of potentially dangerous defects. While this can be scary, the good news is that the issue that prompted the recall should be fixed at no charge to you.
If your vehicle has been recalled, you should have received a notice – but you might not have. The notice could have gotten lost in the mail or accidentally tossed out with the junk mail. Just in case you’ve missed something, it’s smart to check for recalls occasionally. You can do this by entering your VIN at the NHTSA recall look-up website.
#6: Get Your Car Washed and Waxed
A good wash and wax won’t just make your car look nicer immediately – it will also protect your car’s paint. This can help maintain your car’s value over time.
Give Your Car the Maintenance and The Protection It Deserves
You depend on your car, so take some time this April to give it the maintenance it deserves. While you’re thinking about your car, this is also a good time to review your car insurance policy and make sure you have sufficient coverage. That way, if anything happens to your well-maintained car, you’ll be covered.