April is National Car Care Month. There are many personal safety and economic benefits of regular vehicle care and maintenance. With regular car care, your vehicle will last longer and run better, ensuring your safety, your passengers’ safety, and the safety of all drivers on the road with you. The question is not why celebrate car care month, but how. Make sure your vehicle is road-trip ready:
- Make sure you’re up-to-date on regular car maintenance. The Car Care Council, who organizes National Car Care Month, provides a free customer service schedule that emails you a reminder when your car needs maintenance. Why not take advantage?
- Check your tires. Get in the habit of checking your tires regularly. Walk around your car before a trip and see that your air levels look good. If you’re not sure, use an air gauge to check.
- Replace tires. Also remember to replace tires when necessary, usually every 6 years. Use the penny test, where you stick a penny in the tread and see how much depth is left on your tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s definitely time to replace your tires.
- Check under the hood. Inspect the battery and make sure its connection is clean and corrosion-free. Also check oil levels, power steering, brake, transmission, windshield washer solvent, and antifreeze/coolant fluid levels.
- Pack a car preparedness kit. This should include blankets, first aid supplies, a small shovel, distilled water for an overheated car, regular water for overheated passengers, traction aids for tires, and a cell phone battery backup, like the BoostTurbine 2000. After all, stranded on a road trip is a terrible time to run out of smartphone battery.
How do you plan to observe National Car Care Month? Please share in the comments below.