Car Care

When you’re alone on the road, the last thing you want to deal with is a breakdown. Proper vehicle maintenance can improve reliability, performance and safety.

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

In addition to proper vehicle maintenance, here’s how to save fuel — and wear and tear — on 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.
  • For safety and vehicle maintenance, drive at a constant cruising speed.