Before you hit the road, here are some basics everyone driver needs to know for car safety and to save money. Avoid expensive repairs that you don’t want or have to make—you’ve got a tan to catch!
In light of the recent Tesla Model S crash and automatic brake failure, it’s vital to be proactive in ensuring that our cars are running as safely and smoothly as possible. Don’t wait until you have a problem.
Check your windshield wipers
Check your brakes
Changing brake pads more frequently actually saves you money in the long run. By leaving brake pads in too long, the brake rotors—much more expensive pieces of equipment—wear down at a much faster rate. Even the most advanced cars have problems—and so, the car experts at RepairPal have created guidelines for brake safety.
Rule 1: Scraping sounds likely mean it’s time for new disc brake pads. This sound comes from metal grinding against metal—which can affect the speed at which your car stops. It’s wise to get this fixed as soon as possible.
Rule 2: If your brake pedal sinks to the floor, beware.
This may be a sign that the master cylinder—which holds your brake fluid—is not properly holding pressure, a potentially dangerous condition that can cause brakes to stop functioning the way they are supposed to. Get this checked out as soon as possible.
Rule 3: Don’t consistently ride the brakes while going downhill.By resting your foot on the pedal unnecessarily, it can wear out the brake pads much more rapidly than would happen normally.
Rule 4: Spending an hour getting your brakes checked out before you go can save you dozens of hours (and dollars) later.
Rotate your tires
It’s common to get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we can forget to rotate our tires. However, this causes them to wear out faster, and can damage your suspension, steering, and traction. Rotate them every 5,000 to 10,000 miles to save your car’s suspension.
Replace dirty air filters
Replacing your air filter regularly is a simple—yet often overlooked—procedure that costs drivers lots in wasted fuel and damaged system components.
Properly inflate tires
When tires are not properly inflated, it causes fuel efficiency to drop. Plain and simple: more money wasted on gas means less money for your summer BBQ snack list.