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Car maintenance might as well be rocket science to some drivers. It's something that's done when absolutely necessary, usually after the driver has already noticed a major problem. If you want to be a responsible driver, though, there are certain types of maintenance that you just can't ignore. Below are three things your car needs that the average driver probably isn't doing.
How often do you check your tire pressure? Most drivers might check when they think their tires are getting low, but the truth is that you should be checking them fairly regularly - especially when the temperature is changing. Poorly inflated tires can cause your car to lose miles per gallon, to say nothing of the hazards that they might pose while you're on the road. It only takes a moment to check your tire pressure and a dollar to get them back where they need to be, so avoiding this kind of maintenance is really inexcusable.
Your transmission is one of the most important parts of your car. If your transmission fails, you're not just looking at an expensive fix - you're looking at one that has to be done by a specialist, which means it will take time. You should always make sure that your transmission is checked on when your car gets a tune-up and that you follow your car's maintenance schedule for transmission flushes. This will help you to avoid the kinds of repairs that cost thousands of dollars and help you to catch problems before they leave you stranded on the side of the road.
If you're like most drivers, you're probably not too familiar with your car's basic maintenance schedule. You probably have some idea of when you should get your oil change, but have you kept up with everything? Take some time to look at your car's owner's manual to figure out exactly what needs to be done and when. This will not only help you to keep your car on the road longer, but it will also help you to stay within the requirements of any warranty you might have on your car. Always make sure basic maintenance is done on time.
Keep your tires at the right PSI, get your maintenance done on time, and pay attention to your transmission. If you can do this, you'll keep your car on the road longer and avoid expensive repairs. Your car is a complicated machine, so treat it with the respect it deserves.