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|
|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 neuid|
|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.