Are You Ready For The Road?
One of the most important aspects of being a vehicle owner is understanding the preventative and general maintenance that is required to keep your vehicle running smoothly and also ensuring your safety on the road. Although it may seem like a hassle to have to visit the auto repair shop multiple times a year, these short trips will end up saving you time and money down the road. It is actually recorded that each year, neglected vehicle maintenance that leads to major accidents is responsible for more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.
Now, we know that those figures are scary. However, the good news is, most of these accidents can be avoided with proper maintenance and vehicle care. Problems such as engine overheating, brake failure, and steering issues can be avoid with regular inspections and servicing.
In order to stay safe on the road, be sure to have your vehicle inspected at least twice a year, stay on top of your vehicle’s recommended services, and always check your tires for the correct pressure and look out for excessive wear.
Fuel Saving Tips
If you drive a standard gas vehicle, you understand that getting the best possible gas mileage is important for your wallet and also for the environment. Here are some tips on how to save on fuel and receive the best possible gas mileage from your vehicle:
Vehicle gas caps - Gas caps are extremely important to overall gas mileage. Many vehicles on the road have gas caps that are either loose, damaged, or missing. A damaged or missing gas cap will actually lead to the vaporization of gas - something you want to avoid.
Under inflated tires - Driving with under inflated tires is not only dangerous, but also requires more power from your vehicle to travel. This ends up costing you more money on gas in the long haul.
Worn spark plugs - Spark plugs should always be replaced as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. A worn spark plug will cause misfiring, which in turn wastes fuel.
Dirty air filters - Air filters have an important job - they collect dust, dirt, and debris from the air that is moving into your vehicle. If your air filter is dirty, it causes a lack of air flow as well as a dirty air flow, which actually wastes gas and effects the performance of your vehicle’s engine.
Fuel-saving driving tips include:
Don't be aggressive while driving - When you drive aggressively, such as applying the gas quickly, serving lanes, and stomping on the brakes, you actually lower your vehicle’s gas mileage by a staggering percentage.
Avoid excessive idling - If you’re going to be sitting in your car for a while, don’t leave the car running unless absolutely necessary. One to two minutes to warm up your vehicle is totally fine, but longer than that wastes gas.
Observe the speed limit - Pay attention to the speed limit where you are driving. The speed limit will allow you to drive safely and will minimize the amount that you have to accelerate and brake amongst other drivers.
Windshield Wipers - Many car owners don’t know that windshield wipers need to be changed at least once a year, but it often recommended every six months depending on your climate. If you can’t remember, try making it a habit to change your wipers before every fall and spring, when you change your clocks.
Lights - Always remember to pay attention to your vehicle’s lights. A broken lightbulb should be fixed immediately. A broken signal can potentially be dangerous on the road and lead to an accident. It is also important to make sure that the lenses are clear and that your lights are visible to other drivers.
10 Minute Pre-Trip Check List
If you’re planning a road trip, it is important to make sure your vehicle is ready to go before hitting the road. The last thing you want to do is run into trouble in the middle of a road trip. Here are some pre-trip checkup points to go over before you make your way.
Check all fluids - Make sure all of your vehicle’s fluids are full and clean. Several fluids should be checked, including antifreeze, engine oil, power steering, brakes, transmission, and windshield wiper solvent.
Check hoses and belts - A quick belt check can help you avoid a costly breakdown. A belt that snaps or cracks can cause failure in a number of different systems. Belts and hoses is a quick inspection for your local mechanic and replacing a belt or hoses before it breaks or snaps will actually save you a ton of money.
Check the tires - Your tires should be properly inflated before any trip and should also be well balanced and aligned. If notice excessive wear on one or more of your tires, your local mechanic can take a look and determine if your vehicle needs an alignment.
These pre-trip inspection points will help you stay safe on the road and feel at ease at the wheel.
Flyin Wrench in Kennesaw, GA, is a full service automotive shop focusing on the services and repairs of all European makes and models of vehicles. Our shop is staffed with factory trained technicians that have years of experience. Since 1994, our ultimate goal has been to provide 5 star customer service and to maintain a clean shop with a friendly waiting room for our customers. Our family owned and operated auto repair center uses dealer level equipment and genuine parts to ensure quality for your vehicle. We also offer a 2 year/24,000 mile warranty on all parts and a lifetime warranty on our labor.
If your vehicle needs a service or repair, bring your vehicle into the European vehicle experts here at Flyin Wrench in Kennesaw, GA. We look forward to meeting you!