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Vehicles for personal use get you to and from work, help you run errands, and ensure you get to fun activities. Work vehicles, on the other hand, often work much harder. In a work vehicle, you may drive around town, the state or the country on a daily basis. The right vehicle, and proper upkeep can make the difference between a smooth workday and one spent on the side of the road.
There are lots of moving parts, and lots of fluids to keep those moving parts running smoothly. Checking the oil, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, radiator fluid and other fluids on a weekly, or even daily basis is paramount to ensuring that you’re able to get from point a to point B with no trouble.
Whether you buy new or used, getting a reliable, quality vehicle is critical. Chevrolet trucks have a long history of being tough, long-lasting vehicles that can take the load of being driven so much. Take any vehicle you’re considering for a lengthy test drive, and have a mechanic look it over before you buy it. Ensuring that the vehicle you buy is in good shape is a good start to a good relationship with it.
Some work vehicles take more of a beating than others. You might be comfortable doing some or even most of the upkeep yourself, but it’s still a good idea to have a mechanic look it over on a regular basis. Depending on how many miles you put on the vehicle in a month, you should have a mechanic look at it at least once every six months to a year. It should have a thorough examination, from the top of the engine to the end of the tailpipe and everything in between. Brakes should be changed, fluids added and changed as needed, and belts should be changed or tightened.
Oil change recommendations are often based on both a date and mileage. The date is calculated based on “average” use, which is probably not the same as your use. Keeping the sticker provided in your upper windshield corner is a great idea, but try adding a reminder to your phone about two weeks to a month after the first oil change. You should be able to calculate, based on the miles you’ve driven in those weeks, about when you’ll need your next oil change, and can then put that on your own calendar. Dirty oil can lead to numerous problems, so making sure you get the oil changed is one of the best ways to ensure that your vehicle keeps you moving through your workday with no worries.
Whether you’re a handyman driving a beat up old truck from job to job, or a salesman traveling the country, a reliable vehicle that gets you where you need to go is crucial. Taking proper care of that vehicle is up to you, and doesn’t take much time or effort at all.