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If you're anything like me, when you're in a certain mood, even the simplest, most mundane tasks seem like they take more effort than climbing Mt. Everest. Picking my clothes up and placing them in a hamper? May as well tell me to roll over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Calling the dentist's office to schedule that cleaning? It's like pulling teeth. (See what I did there?)
Another thing I tend to slack on that I really shouldn't is taking care of my car. A car is a huge investment, and since it physically transports your body, it should be kept as safe as possible.
Here are a few simple car care tips that can end up saving you tons of money in the long run.
- Read, read, READ! Read your owner's manual. The manufacturer will give you all the necessary recommendations that are unique to your car.
- Check dat battery! Twice a year. If you have AAA, they'll do it for free.
- Check wiper blades! and wiper fluid level! The last thing you want is to be stuck in an Icepocalypse like I was in Toledo, and have your wipers unravel.
- Change your oil! Most manufacturers will recommend an oil-change time frame, but don't neglect it for too long. My sister's Saturn basically blew up because no one checked the oil.
- Rotate dem tires! I fail miserably at this. Rotating tires improves alignment and gas mileage.
- Check all fluids regularly! Always monitor oil and coolant, but check power steering, brake, and transmission fluid too.
- Hear a noise? Check it out! It's the first sign that something's not right.
There are more tips here from AAA. If I haven't pounded this message into your brain yet, take care of your car . . . trust me, the time you spend now will save you a ton of money and headache later.