How to Help with the Family Car

Driving isn’t just about how you behave behind the wheel of the car. It’s also about properly maintaining your vehicle. Take good care of your car and you can improve its reliability, keep it looking good and be safer on the road.

Owning a car can be expensive. Here’s how you can save money, help the earth, and stay safe while maintaining your vehicle.

  • Drive the speed limit.
  • Avoid excessive idling when you start the car.
  • Accelerate smoothly and at a reasonable pace.
  • Avoid slamming the brakes unnecessarily.
  • Maintain a safe, constant cruising speed.
Keeping a car in good running condition
When to Check Item What to Check
Daily Windows




Cracks, scratches, dirt, pits

Pedal pressure/travel, smooth/straight stops

Noise, fumes, leaks

Steering-wheel play, stiffness in steering

Weekly Lights


Under the hood

Dirty lens, burned out bulbs, alignment

Air pressure, cuts, tread wear, alignment. Remember to include a spare tire

Fluids, hoses, belts, filters, connections

Monthly Wipers Wiper-blade condition, washer fluid
Annually Suspension Excessive bouncing, leaning, swaying