Having a car can be a dream or a nightmare depending on how well you take care of your car. The following are 6 things that many drivers do that can damage their car and their wallet.
- Ignoring the check engine light. Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can cause serious engine issues and costly repairs. At least, that warning light could notify you about an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.
- Failing to change fluids and filters. Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of car’s systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, ensures that your vehicle runs dependably and extends your car’s life.
- Neglecting your tires. Your car’s tires must be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced as soon as possible , and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance.
Not following a service schedule. Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, cars need to be routinely maintained in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you 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, raising the potential for rust from road salt and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.
Being a severe driver. Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. But you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; trying to avoid aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.
Because car care isn’t always a top priority for car owners, they might not understand that they are doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety and value of their car. Regular maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding headaches and protecting your vehicle investment.
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