Having a vehicle means you have some flexibility when it comes to being able to go places.
That said taking care of that car or truck also means you have some responsibility on your hands.
With that in mind, are you doing enough when it comes to taking care of your auto?
Not doing so can lead to not only safety issues, but also more expenses for you. That would be now and down the road if you continue with the vehicle.
So, what should you be doing for your set of wheels to keep it running safe for years to come?
Regular Maintenance Matters
One of the top priorities in owning a vehicle should be making sure it gets regular maintenance.
Keep in mind that failure to get your auto serviced can mean you will need another car or truck sooner than later.
If you do not already have one, find a solid mechanic that you feel you can trust time and time again. You do not want to take your auto somewhere for service and question if they have your best interests in mind.
Second, be sure to look for signs your vehicle may need work.
Things like a check engine light on, squeaky brakes and more can be warnings a vehicle needs to be serviced.
Last, do your best to follow the maintenance schedule that came with the vehicle manual.
From oil changes to keeping the tires at the right inflation and more. Yes, simple things can turn into more dangerous and expensive issues if not tended to.
Being Careful Out on the Roads
As important as regular maintenance is, don’t drop the ball when it comes to your actions behind the wheel.
That said you want to go about being a safe driver each time out.
Among the areas of focus should be:
- Staying focused – How often do your eyes wander around when you are behind the wheel? Even taking them off the road in front of you for a few seconds could lead to an accident. Be focused and avoid distractions. Such distractions include a cell phone, eating, personal grooming and more.
- Avoiding road rage – There may well be times when other drivers get on your nerves. The key is to not let it get you to a point where you do something stupid. If you are having an issue with another driver, do your best to steer clear of trouble. Not only could it end up in an accident, you could run into trouble with the law.
- Never drinking and driving – One of the most dangerous things you can do is drink alcohol and be behind the wheel. If you feel the urge to drink, by all means do it with someone else driving you around. If you want to drink at someone’s home and are not up to driving, ask to stay over the night if they do not offer. The last thing you want to do with a serious buzz is turn the engine on and take off.
Taking care of a vehicle means commonsense and a willingness to spend money when needed.
So, are you driven to be a smart driver and care for your set of wheels?
Jeannie Mai works as a freelancer and entrepreneur working from a start-up learning along the way about marketing, social and networking, creating web sites, and web content.