It’s summer time and we’re all in. Whether we’re stay-at-home parents, hauling a mini-van full from park to pool to park, again. Or weekend warriors cramming as much summer fun into two days weekend after weekend. One thing is common: we’re using our cars, and more than likely, taking these “babies” for granted.
As with any child, our cars need proper care, maintenance, and TLC. To prevent car catastrophe (and summer sadness) consider these car care tips so you and your kiddos can continue cruising around checking off that summer bucket list:
- Regular Tune-ups: Taking your car to an automotive professional for regular tune-ups will keep your vehicle running safe and help it live a long life. Just as with people, preventive automotive care is far preferable over having to handle an unexpected emergency. Be sure to take your car in for an oil change, wheel alignment and other standard maintenance checks at least once a year.
- Improved Fueling Options: Drivers today have more fueling options than ever before. What some drivers may not know is that all 21st-century cars are able to take advantage of gasoline with higher blends of American-made biofuels such as ethanol. Ethanol is already in nearly all of the gasoline sold in the U.S. and E15 – gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol – is another option drivers have across the U.S. E15 helps lower greenhouse gas emissions while offering drivers more horsepower. It’s so beneficial, in fact, that NASCAR has been using higher blends of ethanol since 2011.
- Use Automotive Cleaners Only: Keeping your car clean will ensure that it looks good on the road and maintains maximum resale value over the long term – and it can be a fun weekend project for the family! But be sure to only use cleaning products made for use on automobiles. Standard household cleaners can be harmful to leather and upholstery, and most standard window cleaners contain ammonia, which can actually degrade the heating elements on rear windows over time.
- Learn to Check Tire Pressure: Many of today’s cars come equipped with automatic tire pressure sensors that alert drivers when a tire is running low. But having a tire pressure gauge and knowing how to use it will give you the ability to make sure your tires are properly inflated and adjust the pressure accurately when needed.
- Let Technology Help: There are numerous smartphone apps that drivers can use to help track maintenance history, expenses, and mileage, as well as remind you when it’s time to head in for your next tune-up.
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