We just sold our 1998 Cadillac Deville (great car, but it had over 225,000 miles on it!!), and bought our first car made in the current century (I’ll tell you about it in an upcoming post).
We’ve always done our best to take good care of our vehicles, but to be honest, we just don’t know that much about car care. I grew up around cars until I was 12, but I only know enough to be dangerous, and Nick has just never really been interested in mechanics. Since I am, I figured learning a bit more about what women should know about car car would be smart.
*This is a guest post, featuring Barbara Terry of Cars.com*
Heading into spring cleaning season, there is no better time to consider tuning up your car by making sure you are equipped with everything you need to drive safely and maintain your vehicle’s condition over time.
The words “expensive” and “stressful” are often top of mind when car owners think about servicing their vehicles. National automotive expert Barbara Terry says that doesn’t have to be the case. Barbara is partnered with Cars.com to provide the information people need to make confident decisions when it comes to dealing with their cars.
Top Things Women Should Know About Car Care:
Educate yourself. The more you know about your car, the better off you will be. Knowledge is power. Get to know your vehicle, so that you are familiar with it and the owner’s manual, which will come in handy in understanding basic maintenance needs, so that you are well-prepared before walking into a service center.
Keep maintained. Keep current on your vehicle maintenance, as per your owner’s manual – this will help to minimize the repairs that may be necessary. Some common areas to maintain include:
- There is a simple hack for checking your tire pressure: Take a standard US penny with Abe Lincoln’s head on it. Insert the penny into a space between the tread of the tire. If you can see the top of his head, it’s time for a refill.
- When to change your oil and what type to use: You should change your oil every 6 months, or about every 3,000 miles. The intervals vary by manufacturer, so consult your owner’s manual and locate what type of oil to use.
- Radiator fluid levels: Your radiator should always maintain a half-antifreeze/half-water mix. You can see the level of the fluid through your overflow container.
Find the right service provider and know what you should be paying ahead of time. Walking into a service center can be a daunting experience. Fortunately, Cars.com’s new “Service & Repair” feature helps you understand how much you should be paying to service your car while also providing details on service centers in your area with consumer reviews to help you make the right decision. No resource existed like this before.
Keep an emergency survival kit. Every driver should keep an emergency car kit in their car with a variety of items in case you experience a breakdown. You can never be too careful. Some of the smartest items to include are:
- Box of Band-Aids, gauze and aspirin
- A flashlight with extra batteries
- Can of Tire Fix never hurts for a quick, temporary fix to that annoying flat tire
- You’ll always need jumper cables or a jump box, road trip or not, for a dead or weak battery
- Blanket in case you break down on the side of the road and it’s freezing outside
Happy and safe driving!
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I asked Barbara to share her expertise, and all opinions express prior to the start of her guest post are my own.