If you’re like most Americans, then you rely on your car as your primary form of transportation. Because of this, it’s important to keep your vehicle in good repair, and the most effective way to do that is with proper car maintenance. To help you take the best possible care of your vehicle, in this article, our team at Highway Tire Auto & Lube will go over the basics of car maintenance that everyone should know.
- Tire Pressure- As you drive, your tires will gradually lose air, which will impede your vehicle’s performance if it drops too low. A key part of car maintenance is checking your tire pressure using a tire pressure gauge, and adding more air when the pressure drops below a certain threshold.
- Tire Treads- Similarly, another key part of car maintenance is checking the depth of your tires’ treads. To do this, we recommend getting a tread depth gauge (which should cost no more than a few dollars) and using it to measure the depth of your treads on a regular basis. The goal here is to make sure that all the treads are the same depth, as any difference between them can indicate that your car is out of alignment.
- Windshield Wipers & Fluid- A third key part of car maintenance is replacing your windshield wipers and wiper fluid when necessary. Your windshield wipers are key to visibility in bad weather conditions, so when they lose their ability to wipe clean, you should replace them as soon as possible. In addition, your wiper fluid will eventually run out, so you’ll need to put in more.