Your daughters still laugh about the hours that they spent with their dad in the garage. He was certain that both of his daughters needed to know as much as possible about the preventative maintenance that can keep a car working its best. In fact, your husband made sure that both of his daughters were able to check the oil and the wiper plates, as well as know how to check the air pressure in the tires. He does not demand that your daughters know how to change the oil in their cars, but he thinks that they should know how to change a tire if they need to. He also pays, however, for everyone in the family to have a AAA membership.
Unfortunately, you have found out that the wait for even a AAA tow truck can be quite long, so it is important to make sure that the girls know how to fend for themselves if they need to.
Preventative Maintenance Can Help You Keep Your Car Running for a Long Time
Car manufacturers offer their customers a number of reliable tips when it comes to maintaining a vehicle. Knowing, for instance, how frequently you should change the oil in a new car, truck, or van can help you make sure that you protect your investment. Working with a reputable service department or knowing how to take care of some of the preventative maintenance yourself is also a good idea. Consider some of these other tips about cooling system flushes, exhaust systems, and other kinds of engine care:
- Timing belts should typically be replaced between 60,000 and 90,000 miles, according to The Car Care Council.
- 77% of cars were in need of maintenance or repairs, according to a recent research study.
- 50% of premature car battery failures are caused by the loss of water due to overcharging, the lack of maintenance, or, evaporation from high underhood heat.
- 30,000 to 35,000 miles is the average time that brake pads typically last.
- Most experts recommend that you change the oil in a vehicle every 5,000 miles or four months, or follow the car specific manufacturer’s recommendations.
- A frightening fact is that mechanical failures are a factor in 12% to 13% of all auto accidents.
Where did you learn about the preventative maintenance on the cars that you driven? Was it from your father? Was it from the service department where you made your last purchase? No matter where you learned the information that you need to maintain your car, it is important that you follow the necessary requirements so that you can protect your investment.