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.
America’s favorite female auto expert, Barbara Terry from Cars.com, wants all drivers to be more confident when dealing with service and repair. Barbara’s insight prevents drivers from associating the words “expensive” and “stressful” when servicing their vehicles.
Under the Hood with Barbara Terry
Top 5 Things Women should know about Car Care:
1). 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 re-fill.
2). 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. If you stick with the synthetic motor oils you will be able to go longer without having to get an oil change, but you should discuss the change with your local service representative before making the shift. A long distance commuter may consider an oils that is formulated for high mileage vehicles.
3). 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.
4). Research a good mechanic:
Mechanics can be tricky and often will underestimate women’s knowledge of car repair. Ask your family and friends for a recommendation before going into the service and repair center for the first time. You want the service tech representative to be specific about the repairs and explain why they need to be done and how you can keep up with maintenance over time.
5).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. You can use a tackle box, bucket or if you want to customize your own emergency car kit, that’s great! 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 driving! Smiles!