How to Help with the Family Car
Driving isn’t just about how you behave behind the wheel of a 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|
|Cracks, scratches, dirt, pits
Pedal pressure/travel, smooth/straight stops
Noise, fumes, leaks
Steering-wheel play, stiffness in steering
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|