6 Scary Things People do to Their Cars
Here are six major things that many motorists do – or fail to do – that can harm both their cars and their wallets:
Ignoring the “check engine” light
This practice can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning may alert you to a problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.
Failing to change fluids and filters
Many different fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Regularly checking the levels of fluids, along with the respective filters, will help ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and will also extend its useful life.
Neglecting your tires
Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, requiring early replacement, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage, and performance.
Failing to follow a service schedule
Because the majority of car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced to maintain optimum performance. Regular inspections and timely repairs will keep your car running efficiently and will help you to avoid more expensive repairs down the road.
Keeping a dirty car
Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt, and interferes with the proper visibility that’s needed for safe driving.
Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads, or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to avoid severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smarter and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit, avoiding aggressive driving (including quick starts and stops), not hauling unnecessary items, and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.
Because auto care isn’t always a top priority for car owners, many might not realize when they’re doing things that can adversely affect the performance, safety, and value of their cars. Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding headaches, and protecting your vehicle investment.
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