Most days, our cars take us smoothly from here to there and back again. So, not surprisingly, we often take their reliability for granted. But even the trustiest of vehicles still rely on you to complete essential maintenance steps for better survival in the long run. In addition, you should likely have lower maintenance and repair costs and a safer drive if you maintain your vehicle. Here are our 5 maintenance tips to help keep your car running longer:

1. Understand the Suggested Maintenance Schedule

Every new car has an official manual loaded with recommendations for regular maintenance. The manufacturer can’t compel you to follow them, but it would be smart if you did. Among other maintenance tips, the manual tells you how to:

  • Change the oil and how often to do so.
  • Make sure your fluids are the right color and at the right level.
  • Know the correct grade of fuel to use for your vehicle. Regular unleaded or premium, diesel or ethanol? It matters.

2. Maintain Your Tires

Your auto manual suggests how often a mechanic should rotate your tires. Check your tires regularly to ensure proper inflation and that the tread is still at a safe level. As a result, you’ll have smooth rides, better gas mileage, and lower blowout risk.

3. Listen to Your Car

You probably don’t speak “dog,” but if you have one, you learn to read the signals that your pup is hungry or needs to go outside. You can understand your car the same way. Listen for squealing or grinding noises indicating that you should check your brakes. Is your steering wheel shaking more than usual on smooth roads? That’s an indicator of potential trouble ahead. Don’t ignore inconsistent vehicle signs and sounds from one day to the next. Address them as they change. If something on the car feels wrong, it probably is.

4. Practice Good Driving Habits

Be kind to your car. Don’t try to make it do zero to 60 in three seconds. Slow starts cause less strain on the engine. Change gears smoothly as you accelerate. And don’t expect it to stop on a dime, either, because that damages the brakes.

5. Keep Your Car Clean Inside and Out

Your auto’s exterior and undercarriage attract road debris such as hot tar, dirt, and bugs in the summer and salt in the winter. Over time, those elements can give the components of your vehicle — including motor parts and external body structure — a beating. As for the inside, you’ll enjoy your car more and extend its resale value if you keep it tidy.

Keep Up with Your Maintenance 

Signature Total Car Care began in 2008, setting up shop in Cumming, Georgia. Our motto is: “We treat your car as if it is our own.” Remember these 5 maintenance tips to help keep your car running longer and ensure a safer drive. Call us today at 404-369-5644Email Us or fill out our inquiry form to book an appointment.