Your car is a complex machine - but you probably know this already. What you don't know is how important maintaining your car is. You may also now know what you need to be on the lookout for when it comes to that four-wheeled machine.
No need to worry, though. Here's a quick and easy guide to know what to look out for and when to do it!
When should I do some work on my car?
While a regular checkup is crucial to keep your car in shape, there's no need to keep your mechanic on retainer. This also helps to prevent you from breaking your wallet after neglecting something.
Your average car owner will need to replace or repair something once a year. And, sometimes, even after a long year, there will be nothing to fix.
The key to not spending too much money the next time something is wrong with your car is keeping an eye out. And these five things are what you should always be looking at.
Top 5 things you need to look out for in your car
1. Make sure the brakes are at their best
The brakes are necessary. It's the one thing preventing you from crashing against the car in front of you when you're driving.
And, that's the thing: you're always using your brakes. That's why you should pay attention to any noise or lack of response coming from them.
For example, if you hear a squeaking noise when braking, that's a dead giveaway.
2. Keep the tires in top shape
While your brakes can hold their own for a long time, your tires can't. And, even if you have four of them, they're all working together.
So, when one of them starts to fail, all four will do a poor job. If you want to avoid that, check your tire pressure and condition at least once a month.
You want to get ahead of any tire issues. Believe me, patching a flat tire is way better than having to replace a rim.
3. Prevent the oil from going old
Oil is like the blood of the car. In this metaphor, the engine is the heart. If you have muddy oil, your car will, sooner rather than later, suffer from a heart attack.
Technically, it won't be a heart attack - but you'll probably suffer one yourself when you see how much it costs to replace an engine.
If you want to avoid mechanic and medical bills, check your oil once every three to six months.
4. Don't forget filters and fluids are fundamental
Humans have a lot of water in them - and so do cars.
They have brake fluids, windshield washer fluid, transmission fluids, and a couple more here and there.
And, yes, you've guessed it: you have to check them regularly. These fluids are there to prevent bad things from happening.
For example, if you don't check your brake fluids, your brakes will go bad. And, if that happens, you could end up crashing against the guy in front of you. But you already knew that.
Don't forget about filters! They are as important as fluids.
5. Remember the engine is your car's heart and center
The engine is the thing that makes your car turn on. So, you can probably guess how important it is.
Don't worry, though. It'll be a long time before your engine needs anything. But to keep things that way, you should check how things are going under the hood at least once a year.
But if you find yourself broken down on the side of the road because your car needs some TLC, we can help! Our towing services are available no matter what the issue is.
Taking a break from your routine can help you in so many ways - and going out on a road trip is the right way to do it.
Before you get out the door and drive far away, there are a couple of things you should consider. That way, you can avoid cutting your road trip short. And you won't lose time on your planned out escape from your normal routine.
Make sure you enjoy every minute of your break with these 5 ways to stay safe on a road trip.
1. Get yourself and your car ready to go
Before you leave, you should do a little checkup. Wallet, keys, and hotel reservations? Check, check, and check. Alright, good to go!
What about your car, though? Have you checked the tire pressure, oil, and brakes? And the rest of the car as well! If your car isn't in an all-clear scenario, you're not good to go, no matter if you do have your wallet ready.
And this isn't something you can do on short notice! Try to do it a week or two in advance. That way, you can fix anything that's in bad shape.
2. Do one thing at a time
The whole point behind a road trip is getting to your destination. More importantly, you need to get to the place you want without any damage.
The key to preventing any mishaps or accidents is focusing on driving when you're driving. It might sound dumb - but not too many people do it right.
Doing so means not eating, little to no talking, and paying attention to the road when you're behind the wheel.
3. If you're not lucid, you're not driving
You probably know about not drinking and driving, and following that advice is the smart thing to do.
Unfortunately, not too many people understand how important is to drive fully rested. If you didn't get enough sleep, you shouldn't be behind the wheel.
Most people like to wake up earlier than usual before a road trip. Whether that's to get earlier to their destination, beat the traffic, or anything else, it doesn't matter. Here's the thing: when you don't get enough sleep, you're one long blink from falling asleep behind the wheel.
4. Don't keep others in the dark about the trip
While we should all enjoy a little privacy in our lives, you should tell a few people about your road trip. That way, if you're stuck somewhere with no phone signal, someone else can try to help you from afar.
There's no need to shout it out on a rooftop or post your location on social media. But keeping your best friend or a parent in the loop might save your life.
5. Leave home with a plan B in your back pocket
If you want to stay safe on a road trip, there is no way to 100% ensure it. Even if you do everything right before and during the drive, you're one pothole away from wondering why you didn't stay home. However, there are ways to improve your chances of encountering zero bumps in the road, so to speak.
For that reason, you should always have a Plan B ready to go. Have an alternate route. Have an emergency contact picked out in case you need them. Make sure you have roadside assistance ready to go.
And that's us! If you're stuck on a road somewhere, you can count on us to help you get anywhere you want, whether your car wants it or not.
Contact us if you have any questions about our towing services.