(NAPS)—It’s always there when you need it and it gets you through all sorts of rough weather. So you may want to give your vehicle a little something back. Consider setting aside the time to care for your car by following three simple steps:
• Keep your vehicle clean. Regular car washes and waxes protect the paint and body of your car from corrosive debris. If you’ve been driving on salted roads, regular washing is even more important.
• Keep your car on schedule. Every vehicle has a manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule. Whether you choose to do your own maintenance or patronize a repair shop, following a routine service schedule is essential to keeping your car in safe and dependable working order.
• Keep an eye on the little things. Are your windshield wipers cleaning as well as they should? Is your gas tank missing its cap? Is there a warning light lit on your dashboard? When you see that your car needs attention, don’t delay. Repairing small things now can help avoid more-costly problems down the road and add years of useful vehicle life.
“Many vehicles end up neglected and could use a little extra care to get them ready for driving season,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.
“For most Americans, their vehicle is their second-biggest investment and they rely on it every single day to get to work, school and everywhere in be-tween. Taking a little time for car care now can save headaches and money in the long run.”
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the Be Car Care Aware consumer education campaign, promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.
For a free copy of the council’s “Car Care Guide” or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.