6 Easy Ways To Protect Your Vehicle
You use your vehicle almost every day whether you are driving to work, the grocery store, or daycare. Having a to deal with a broken down vehicle is a major inconvenience. You can’t prevent everything, but there are plenty of simple things you can do to protect your vehicle.
Your vehicle represents a major investment—protect it in 6 simple steps.
1. Check Your Tires
Make sure you are safe on the road whether you are enjoying a summer drive or braving the ice in the winter.
- Check your tire pressure—especially when the temperature significantly changes. It is easy to fill your tires up to the right level at most gas stations. If you aren’t sure what tire pressure level is appropriate, look at the sticker inside the drivers door.
- Check the tread depth. Your tires should have at least 1/16 inch of tread. It should be double if you are going to be driving on wet or icy roads.
- Check the sidewalls. Look for cracks or bulges. Both are signs that your tires should be replaced.
- Check your tires for uneven wear. If one side of your tires is wearing down faster than others, you may need to get your vehicle’s alignment checked.
2. Check Your Engine Oil
Monitoring your car’s engine oil levels is one of the most crucial parts of vehicle maintenance—fortunately it is also one of the easiest. Engine oil keeps all the moving parts of your vehicle working smoothly. Without it you could damage your engine or worse.
Pop your hood. Pull out the oil dipstick. Clean it with a rag. Replace it and pull it out again. If the oil level is too low, add more oil one quart at a time. Use the kind recommended by your owner’s manual.
3. Monitor Other Fluids
The other fluids in your vehicle are also important.
- Check the transmission fluid. You do this the same way you check your engine oil, but leave the car running. Instead of checking the fluid level, check the quality of the fluid. It should be red and it shouldn’t smell burned.
- Check the coolant levels. After waiting for your vehicle to cool down, pop the hood and take the cap off the radiator. You should be able to look inside and see if you have enough coolant. If it is below the line, add more.
- Check the windshield washer fluid. Running out of windshield washer fluid wont stop your car from running, but it is a safety concern.
4. Replace Broken Lights
It is easy to replace a burned out bulb in your tail lights or turn signals. Lights help you see, but they also help you be seen, which can prevent a lot of accidents. To protect the bulb, wear gloves and only handle the metal parts. This will prevent cracks and burnt out bulbs in the future.
5. Replace Windshield Wipers
Replacing your windshield wipers is cheap and easy. You never know when you’ll end up driving home in a rainstorm or blizzard easy. Be prepared and stay safe by replacing old or broken windshield wipers.
6. Invest In Insurance
Regular maintenance can go a long way, but you can’t prevent everything—which is why it is important to invest in a good auto insurance policy. An independent agent can help guide you through the wide array of options available. Talk to an agent at Taylor-Moore to explore your options.