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Car Maintenance 101

Last updated 5 years ago

Part of being a safe driver is knowing how to take care of your vehicle. After all, driving a safe car is the first step to staying safe on the road. Unfortunately, keeping your car in tip-top shape is about more than taking it in for repairs when something breaks; it’s about maintaining the various parts and components to the best of your ability so that everything works as it should. Here are a few car maintenance tips to help keep your vehicle in great (and safe) shape.

Check Fluids
Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle. From engine coolant to automatic transmission fluid, the fluids running through the engine ensure that your vehicle performs as it should. Learn how to check the various fluids beneath the hood, and be sure to add fluids as necessary to avoid expensive repairs and unsafe driving conditions.

Inspect Tires
As the only points of contact between your vehicle and the road, your tires deserve more care and attention than they probably get. Tires that are improperly inflated or worn out are not only at risk of blowing out, but they can also affect your vehicle’s fuel economy. Check the pressure and tread of all tires, including the spare, at least once per month. And always replace tires if they are worn or damaged.

Wash and Wax
Not all car maintenance involves getting dirty. In fact, some maintenance involves getting clean. Washing and waxing your vehicle on a regular basis is a great way to boost its resale value, but it will also help stave off rust, which can affect the structural integrity of your vehicle. It is especially important to wash and wax your vehicle in the wintertime, as the combination of ice and road salts can wreak havoc on your car’s metal components. 

Top Driver can’t make you a better car mechanic, but we can make you a better driver. As the nation’s largest driving school, Top Driver provides convenient driver training designed to develop smart and intelligent drivers for life. Visit our website or call (888) 471-5418 to learn more about our driving school and our driver training courses for teens and adults. 


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