Even with advances in car technology, it’s important to remember that the basic rules of road safety haven’t changed. No matter if you drive an electric, hybrid, gas or diesel vehicle, safety should be your number one concern. Here are three ways to keep your car in top shape and you and your loved ones safe on the road:
1. Keep a Maintenance Log
Keeping a log of all the maintenance work that has been done on your car can keep you safe and save you money in the future. Knowing when you’re due for service, or when a scheduled service may be unnecessary, can be very helpful. Write your log in a notebook and store it in your glove compartment, or keep it on your smartphone.
2. Have a Safety Kit
Car safety is as much preparation as it is prevention. A good car safety kit can get you back on the road quickly if a problem should arise, or keep you safe until help arrives. Some of the items you should include in your kit are: jumper cables, first aid kit, basic tools, ice scraper, shovel, cat litter or sand, flashlights, non-perishable food, water, warm clothes and blankets.
3. Rotate Your Tires
Perhaps no car safety principle is more tried and true than rotating your tires. Ensuring that your tires wear evenly improves your car’s traction on the road and allows you to get the most out of your tires (and avoid early replacement). Rotating your tires every 3,000-6,000 miles is a critical step in stopping premature tire wear and could save you hundreds of dollars in the process.
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