Maintaining Your Car

Most people change oil more often than they need to but don’t rotate their tires as frequently as they should.

Good maintenance can keep your vehicle on the road for years to come — and keep you safer on the road. Many drivers think maintenance equals oil changes. In fact, most people change oil more often than they need to but don’t rotate their tires as frequently as they should. Proper rotation can add as much as 10,000 miles to the life of a set of tires. There’s more you can do to keep your vehicle operating reliably:

  • Keep maintenance records. They can serve as good diagnostic tools and proof you have cared for your vehicle, which can enhance its trade-in or resale value.
  • Run your engine for a few minutes before powering up the heater, air conditioner, wipers and other accessories. Accelerating with a cold engine can cause premature engine failure.
  • If your vehicle has fuel injection, keep the tank at least one-quarter full. Cornering with a nearly empty tank disrupts the flow to the fuel pump.
  • Look for cracks or looseness in engine belts. Broken belts are a major reason for roadside breakdowns.
  • Use an approved repair facility for repairs and maintenance.
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Tire Safety

Remember, these are the only things between your car and the road.

Tire Safety

The last thing most people consider in the new car buying process is the set of tires that come with the vehicle. We tend to gravitate towards the style and performance, the color, whether it fits our lifestyle or not, the ergonomic comfort of its interior, the sound system, and if it’ll fit into our budget.

We unconsciously assume if the car is new that the tires are fine and don’t give them a second thought nor do most of us ever take the time to ask questions or read the manual about tire care and safety. Yet our lives, and those of our children and other loved ones, ride on them every day. How important are all those extra goodies that you added on if you get a flat on the side of the freeway at midnight and you’re by yourself? If you’re lucky someone will stop to help.

The most important feature on a vehicle that you must consider is tires. Turning, stopping and emergency maneuvers all depend on your tires being in good condition and properly inflated. Great drivers can walk up to their vehicle and notice an under-inflated tire and others can get in a vehicle with a flat tire and drive away. Which are you?


  • TIRE TREAD The amount of tread remaining on a tire impacts handling, traction, and stopping distance. As a tire wears and the tread depth is reduced, these characteristics begin to diminish.
  • TIRE AGING When it comes to tire aging, it is very simple: the older the tires are, the higher the risk for failure.
  • TIRE INFLATION A tire must be able to hold the weight of not only the vehicle, but also any additional load the vehicle might be carrying such as fuel, passengers, and payload.
  • TIRE MAINTENANCE Proper and Timely tire maintenance is crucial to safety. All of the tires on your vehicle should be inspected, inflated, and rotated on a routine basis.

The more you know about your tire’s health, the better off you will be driving.

Here are 4 more reasons tires are so important:

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