For most Americans, their car is the fastest and easiest way to get to work, school or anywhere else in town. Therefore, it is critical that you treat your car well to ensure that it is in good running condition when you need it. What are some things that you can do to treat your car well?
Don't Start the Car to Warm It Up
It is a common misconception that your car will warm up faster if you let it run for a few minutes before you start driving. However, the car isn't going to warm up any faster idling in the driveway than it will by driving it. Therefore, save some strain on the engine by only running it when you are driving.
Always forget to warm the car up? Why not invest in a remote car starter!
Choose the Best Roads
If possible, drive on highways where road conditions and speed limits are consistent for long stretches. If you have to drive on side streets or other roads, do your best to brake lightly and accelerate smoothly. Doing so will save your brakes and engine as well as make the ride more tolerable for everyone in the car.
Keep Up With All Recall Notices
Taking your car in when a recall notice comes out can keep you from getting seriously hurt. Professionals know that if you have maintained your vehicle properly, reselling it can be much easier since it will still be in good condition. Buyers will only want to have a pre-owned vehicle that they know runs and is safe to be in.
Follow a Maintenance Schedule
You should have the oil changed, the tires rotated and fluids checked every 5,000 miles. This ensures that there is even wear on the tires and that engine parts are properly lubricated. If engine fluids need to be topped or flushed, that can be done in a matter of minutes and without draining your bank account.
Wash and Wax Regularly
Washing and waxing the car at least once a month helps to protect the body and the paintwork. In addition to a healthy sheen when you look at your car, you can rest easy knowing that rust or grime won't eat away at the body. If you drive in the north, this is even more important as salt and grime are everywhere in the winter.
It's easy to keep your car running well for many thousands of miles. Following the maintenance schedule, following up when a recall comes out, and taking it easy on the engine while driving are all tactics that anyone can use to treat their car like it was their child.