Know your car
The best time to understand your car is when everything is going as it should, before your travels. It’s essential to know what all the parts look, sound, and perform like when they are operating correctly. Where do the fluids go and why, and what happens if the fluids aren’t there?
Don’t leave home without the owner’s manual
Every car comes with an owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will offer recommended maintenance schedules and specifications for all parts of your car. It will also tell you about those fluids (antifreeze, power steering fluid and, coolant) and the right amounts and what to look for.
Periodic physical inspection
Do not wait until your car breaks down before you perform a visual inspection. A quick walk-around your car from time to time is always a good idea. You should look in the car as well as under the car. You find a leak and this can be a signal that something is wrong.
Regular oil replacement
Oil changes are important for optimal engine performance. Endeavour to follow the suggestions of the manufacturer on the type of oil and frequency recommended for changing the oil. If you aren’t sure on the timing, you can also visually inspect it yourself.
Know what to leave to experts
Unless you are a car guru, then you are strongly advised to leave some maintenance items to the experts. This includes changing the oil, replacing the spark plugs, checking the brakes, and getting your tires rotated, balanced, and aligned. These experts have the tools, the facilities, and the knowledge to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently.