Like any machine, vehicles require regular maintenance in order to retain their function and as much value as possible over time. Left unchecked and unmaintained, problems can compound and result in a non-functioning piece of scrap far faster than necessary. Here are some vehicle maintenance tips for new drivers to keep your car running smooth and looking pretty.
1. Fluid levels
Oil, wiper fluid, antifreeze, brake fluids…there’s quite a few necessary for the proper function of a vehicle. You’ll want to keep an eye on these and schedule regular oil changes especially. Over time, the recommended number of miles between oil changes has changed due to technological improvements, but nowadays around 5,000 to 7,500 miles is a pretty good average.
2. Keep it clean
While maintaining the outside body and interior of the vehicle may not affect function too much, it will definitely help retain some value in the vehicle. You may very well want to sell it down the road, and having it look good is going to add $$$ to its potential selling price.
3. Pay attention to how things feel and sound
A change in the “smoothness” of how your vehicle sounds and feels means something in the way its parts are operating has changed as well. Over time, things will never be exactly the same as a brand new car, but a change you can pick up with your senses may indicate a problem or the beginnings of one. New drivers should take note of how things feel and sound early on and should consider taking their vehicles in for maintenance if things feel or sound noticeably off.
Tires wear. As they do, this can affect steering, as well as decreasing the overall integrity of the tire. As a tire weakens, the chances of a blowout increase. It’s very important to keep an eye both on your tire pressure, and any wearing, to keep your tires safe and you in control of your vehicle.
5. Lock your vehicle
While not direct vehicle maintenance, it’s a good idea to lock your vehicle in order to deter any scoundrels from messing with it, or worse, stealing it. Around 700,000 vehicles were stolen in the U.S. in 2012. A stolen vehicle has no value…keep your vehicle and any belongings inside safe.
Mr. Tire Auto Service Center technicians are happy to introduce themselves and walk any new driver or vehicle owner through a multi-point inspection of their vehicle. Come see us in El Campo or Bay City, TX.