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
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