How to Maintain a New Car

maintain a new car

Keep Your Car Looking New

There is something so nice about driving off the dealer lot in a brand-new car. Everyone always mentions the “new car smell,” but your vehicle is also untainted by debris and the wear-and-tear of time. You might want to maintain a new car so that it keeps that new look and feel all year long. But how would one go about accomplishing such a feat? Follow these tips to keep your new car new for as long as possible.

Invest in protective accessories and maintain the paintwork

Keeping up with your vehicle’s exterior paint can make a big difference in prolonging your car’s good looks. Accessories like weather shields and headlamp protectors help preserve the exterior as well.

Keep up with scheduled maintenance

This one’s common sense, but most people are guilty of skipping this step. Routine preventative maintenance keeps your powertrain running smoothly.

Use the right fuel and watch your mileage

Read the owner’s manual for fuel specifications and make sure you drive smoothly and carefully for improved fuel economy.

Protect your vehicle from the sun

Direct sunlight can fade the interior, so use a sun shade or try to park in shaded areas.

Clean your car regularly

Proper cleaning and care prevents a build-up of dirt and grime—not just on the exterior, but in the under-carriage, too.

 

If you didn’t know how to maintain a new car before this, hopefully these tips give you a good place to start. Good luck with your brand-new ride!

Back-to-School Driving Tips for Safety

Driving Tips for Safety

Driving Tips for Safety

Fall means that the school year is in full swing, and drivers will be sharing the road with school buses, children crossing the road at intersections, and parents carpooling neighborhood kids. It’s important to follow these crucial back-to-school driving tips to preserve the safety of everyone involved and make sure that our students get to class easily and safely. Here are four essential tips for driving during the school year.

Slow down

There is a reason why there are mandated school speed limits. That’s because slowing down can mean life or death in the event of a collision with a child. Slowing down also gives you more time to slow down if someone runs out into the middle of the street or if an accident occurs.

Be cautious during drop-off and pick-up times

When school is about to start or end  are the two most perilous times for traffic around schools. Remember to drive defensively and don’t allow yourself to be distracted around these times.

Be mindful of school buses

Never pass a stopped bus, and remember to leave several car lengths between a school bus and your front bumper.

Watch for bikes and pedestrians

Children may be walking or riding bikes to school, so watch out for sidewalks and bike lanes.

Keeping these back-to-school driving tips in mind during the school year will help keep you and children safe during the fall months!