4 Weeks to Better: Auto Edition

posted 2/26/2015 in General

When you were 15, you probably fantasized about how awesome it would be to have your own car and drive anywhere, anytime. Fast forward to now, and you probably realize that owning your own vehicle is more work than play.  Between check engine lights and weird noises, there may be times when you think you would be better off trading your car for new one.  But, a little preventive maintenance can go a long way.

Why it’s important to maintain your vehicle

You depend on your vehicle every day to get to and from work, running your kids to school and other activities. Regular upkeep of your car ensures small problems don’t become big ones, and that your vehicle is as safe as possible for you and your family.  Try these 28 daily tips to ensure your car, truck or SUV is performing its best:

Day 1- Buy a tire pressure gauge.

Day 2- Make sure your auto insurance and registration are current and easily accessible.

Day 3- Wash and wax your car.

Day 4- Schedule an oil change for your vehicle.

Day 5- Detail the interior of your vehicle or have someone do it for you.

Day 6- Check your auto insurance to see if emergency road service (towing) is part of it. If not, see what it would take to add that benefit.

Day 7- Fix minor paint scratches and chips.

Day 8- Replace burnt out interior bulbs or fuses.

Day 9- Put a small flashlight in your glove box.

Day 10- Create or update your vehicles first aid kit.

Day 11- Ensure all exterior lights are working: high beams, low beams, turn signals, brake lights and reverse lights.

Day 12- Refill your wiper fluid.

Day 13- Use your tire pressure gauge to check your tire pressure. Use the recommended pressures found on the door jamb or in your manual, not on the tire itself.

Day 14- Put a set of jumper cables in your trunk.

Day 15- Replace your cabin air filter.

Day 16- Make sure your spare tire is inflated and that you have the necessary tools to remove a flat tire.

Day 17- That funny sound or issue you’ve been having? Make an appointment to get that taken care of.

Day 18- Stash a micro-fiber cloth in an accessible spot where it’s always ready to use for small spills or wiping down your dashboard.

Day 19- See if your emergency road kit is up to date.  If not, get the items you are missing.  You can do a Google search for what items should be in your kit.

Day 20- Schedule a full tune-up for your car.

Day 21- Make sure the car seats you are using for your kids are age appropriate.

Day 22- Use a penny to see if you need new tires. Insert a penny between the grooves with Abraham Lincoln’s head facing toward the tire. If you can see the top of this head, it’s time for new tires.

Day 23- Use a DIY kit to repair minor chips in your windshield.

Day 24- Check your battery for any buildup of corrosion.

Day 25- Make sure all drivers in your family know how to change a tire. If they don’t know, then show them.

Day 26- Apply the appropriate protectant to the interior of your car.

Day 27- Clean the inside and outside of your windshield.

Day 28- Empty or create a vehicle trash can.

You can pair like tasks if it makes it easier. See how far you can get through the month, and try to complete all the tasks. Hopefully after the month is up you will feel a little better about your vehicle and the shape it is in. Good luck!

Lincoln Savings Bank, member FDIC

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