Clean Your Car Out
People tend to put things into their trunk and forget that it is there. This decreases your fuel economy if there is a lot of trash in it that weighs a lot. You should also vacuum your car and keep spills or food picked up. You should also take the time to clean and protect your dash, seats, and other areas within your car. Washing the exterior of your car often is also a great idea. Not only will these things keep your car looking nice enough for you to want to drive it, you will be extending the life of your paint job, decrease your new car depreciation, and ensuring that no cracks form on the dash, seats, or doors.
This may seem strange, but one of the best maintenance things you can do for your vehicle is to drive carefully. This means you should try to avoid the rush. When your vehicle is cold, let it warm up for at least 30 seconds before you put it into gear. Doing so will ensure that the motor is well lubricated with oil before you attempt to drive it. You should also drive your vehicle in a way that does not strain the motor and avoid situations where you may have to stop suddenly if at all possible. This does not mean drive 30mph, but it does mean take it easy. Instead of gunning your vehicle at the stop light, take off calmly. Instead of trying to be the fastest car on the interstate, drive casually. You will get there just as quick and your car will be happier to have taken you there.
Tires get Tired, Too
Check your vehicle’s tire pressure often. Make sure that there is not a lot of wear on one side of the tire occasionally. If you have a tire that is worn more on the inside than it should be, it could mean that your car is not aligned properly. If it is not aligned, you could be risking the health of your car. Rotating tires can help you out, but it is not necessarily a bad idea to have someone check it to make sure everything is lined up the way it should be. Otherwise, you are potentially sacrificing a lot of unnecessary gas and you could end up with a larger problem to deal with later on.
Fix Issues as They Come
If you can afford your car, you can afford to maintain it properly, but it is still something that has a lot of little parts and pieces under the hood. Things will malfunction. When they do, replace them, even if it is something as small as a fuel filter. By doing so, you are helping your vehicle to take you anywhere you need to go. This also means you should listen to your vehicle rather than simply drive it with the radio blaring loudly. Often a vehicle will give you warning signs that a part is about to go south. It could be something as simple as a rattle or a shimmy. It could be a loud ticking noise or a squeal. If at any time you hear a noise that is not familiar, you should start looking for a potential problem and try to catch it before it leaves you stranded.