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|
|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 njuid|
|Annually||Suspension||Excessive bouncing, leaning, swaying|