Whether you are a new car-owner or you’ve been driving the roads of Monterey and beyond, there are a few things that are important for all vehicle owners to know about and have on hand. You don’t want to get caught unaware and you certainly do want to get the most out of your vehicle even if you only paid $500 for the one you’re driving right now! It doesn’t take much effort or a lot of money to stay ahead of the curve.
Simple preventive maintenance. You don’t have to be a trained mechanic to handle the most basic preventive maintenance practices. Regularly check your basic fluids: oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid. Checking tires regularly is another simple preventive maintenance activity that can save you money and keep you safe. Look for wear and tear, check tread depth, and check the air pressure. When your tires are in good shape, your car grips the road the way it was intended and it helps you maximize your gas mileage. Last on this list is to learn how to jump your battery in case it dies on you unexpectedly.
Do you know where your vehicle’s owner’s manual is located? First of all, find it and pull it out. You don’t have to read all of it, but definitely some of the basics. Most importantly, know where it is at all times or else you could find yourself stranded or in a situation that could have been prevented or easily rectified had you been able to read your manual. Although… we do live in a day and time where Google can also often save the day! Utilize the tools you have at hand and make them work for you. Work with your favorite auto mechanic to figure out what’s best for your specific vehicle based on the recommendations in your owner’s manual and you’ll have a happy car for a long time to come!
Keep important information at the ready! Have a copy of your driver’s license, insurance card, registration, and your emergency contact information in an obvious location (easy to get to!) You never know when you might need that information and if you’ve been in an accident, the last thing you want to do is spend time trying to find and pull together a bunch of random pieces of paper. Take copies and keep them in an envelope in the glove box.
Have an emergency kit in the trunk or back of your car. You’ll want to include jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, spare tire (if you don’t already use run-flats), a blanket, water, non-perishable snacks, a small shovel, and flares. Make sure to have a few of your prescriptions on hand as well in a well-stocked first aid kit. If you tend to travel a lot with your pet, include some of his/her food, treats, meds, a toy, and a blanket or bed for your best friend too!
Have an auto mechanic you know and trust on speed dial! Take the time to read reviews and shop around until you find one that will work with you, be transparent without pressuring you, one who is willing to be upfront about the reality of your vehicle’s state of repair, and has the expertise and equipment to take care of your car. Fortunately, know just the place to start! Come see us at Robert’s Collision & Repair. We would love the opportunity to show you what we can do. Make your appointment with Robert’s Collision & Repair today! See you soon!