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I’ve been a car girl for as long as I can remember. Even before I was able to drive, I knew my first car had to be a Chevy Camaro. In fact, it was around this time almost nineteen years ago that I met my husband. We both drove a Chevy Camaro and had a common interest in cars. All these years and five Camaros later, here we are. We both still love cars and know how important it is to take care of our vehicles. Without my car, I would be lost. I depend on my car to get me to where I need to go and without it, things we enjoy doing would be hard. Back in February another driver ran a red light and hit my car totaling it. Thankfully we were all safe, but I sadly couldn’t say that for my car. It was 13 years old and had well over 200,000 miles on it but it was still driving great. We took care of that car and that’s why it ran so good all these years later. Today I’m driving my 2015 Dodge Durango and I’m sharing some of my tips to help keep your car running and looking great.
1. Rotate Your Tires
This is one thing my husband taught me when we first met. Every 6,000 miles I make sure to rotate my tires. This helps to make sure the tread wears evenly on all four tires. In between tire rotations, keep an eye on your tire pressure and make sure to . While we’re talking tires, it’s a good idea to learn how to change a tire. You never know when you’ll need it and it’s better than waiting for someone to come to you.
2. Create a Emeregency Kit
You can buy a decent kit with everything you’d need but I like to create my own with a few extras. Things you’ll find in my emergency kit are jumper cables, flashlight, flares, emergency phone charger, like a blanket, a can of Fix-a-Flat (this has been a lifesaver for me on many occasions), bottled water and some snack bars. You never know when an emergency will happen and it’s always better to be prepared. I keep everything in a little tote in my trunk in case I ever need it.
3. Clean and Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blade
Every six months or so I make sure to change our my windshield wiper blades to make sure they’re in tip top shape. It’s a good idea to clean your blades every so often with a damp paper towel and you can check for cracks while you’re at it.
4. Check Your Air Filter
Your car needs a clean air filter to help it run it’s best. Check your owner’s manual for directions on how to change your air filter and how often. If you check it and it’s dirty, it’s time to replace it.
5. Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles
This is important and one of the reasons I think old car drove as well as it did. We made sure to always change the oil every 3,000 miles. I just hit 3,000 miles on my new truck and immediately took it to my local Walmart for an oil change using Quaker State Advanced Durability Motor Oil.
My local Walmart Auto Care Center is my go-to place for an oil change. It’s right around the corner from my house and this busy mama can drop her car off and do some shopping while I wait.
Walmart’s Auto Care Center is an easy way for me to get my car’s oil changed. The employees are helpful, professional and have my car ready to go in no time at all. Plus I can sneak in a little shopping instead of just sitting around a waiting room.
6. Keep Your Interior Clean and Neat
Since you spent the majority of time driving inside your car, the interior should be neat and clean. Having two kids I know first had what a challenge that can be. To keep messes at bay, I keep a small trash can in the back seat. I also keep wipes in the to wipe down the seats or carpets if there are any accidental spills.
I depend on my car for everyday errands to fun opportunities my job takes me on. So making sure my car is maintained and looking the best it can is important to me. Whether your car is new or still running good with over 200,000 miles on it keeping the oil changed and taking care of it will keep you and your car happy!
What are your tips for keeping your car running it’s best?