5 tips to make sure your car goes the distance!

August 19th, 2013 by

Honda enthusiasts often say they love driving cars that truly go the distance, but even a well-engineered vehicle needs a little TLC. Here are a few tips that will help you make sure YOUR car stays in the best possible shape.

1. Change your oil regularly. As a general rule, you should stop in for an oil change every three months or 3,000 miles – whichever comes first. Make this a habit, and your car is a lot more likely to become a member of the 100,000-mile (or more) club!

2. Pay attention to warning signs. If you’ve driven a car for any length of time, you probably know it pretty well. So, if you happen to notice any out-of-the-ordinary sights and sounds when you fire up your engine, a checkup may be in order. 

3. Have your car serviced regularly. Even if your car seems fine, it’s wise to schedule regular tune-ups. Certified auto mechanics can make sure your car is running as it should be – and they can catch problems before they become serious!

4. Check tire pressure regularly. So exactly what does “regularly” mean? When it comes to tire pressure, the answer is once a month. And yes – it may seem like a hassle, but the few minutes it takes to complete this safety check are surely less of a burden than a flat tire! Look on the inside of the driver’s side door to find your car’s specific tire pressure recommendations.

5. Give your car a break. Idling for long periods of time can be tough on your car. (Plus it wastes gas and it’s not good for the environment, either.) If you plan to stay put for more than a few seconds, turn off your engine.