With over 20 years of experience as a licensed aircraft and vehicle mechanic, Matt from Lexington knows a thing or two about keeping his ride in tip-top shape. Here are a few of his favorite habits for maintaining a healthy car. 1. Check your oil level once a week. The more you use the engine, the more wear and tear it's going to face. Keep an eye on your oil level to avoid costly long-term damage.
2. Stick to the recommended service schedule. Maintenance schedules are set by the manufacturer to ensure a long, problem-free life for your car.
3. Check the air in your tires. Proper air pressure will help your tires last longer, improve handling, and keep fuel costs low. Most gas stations have an area to check tire pressure and refill as needed (for free!).
4. Clean your windshield wipers. Don't wait for rain to find out if your wipers are working. Test them on a sunny day, and if you see streaks, clean thoroughly.
5. Listen for a squeak. Take time to turn down the radio, open the windows, and listen for any excessive rubbing or screeching noises coming from the brakes. The sooner brakes go in for repair, the less expensive they are to replace.
Car maintenance is all about getting the most out of your vehicle and providing a safe ride for your passengers. Follow these five suggestions and encourage your fellow drivers to do the same.