On a normal day, there are more than enough issues to contend with without the added stress of a broken down vehicle or car accident. Let alone during a pandemic. If you are stuck on the side of the road, you will come into contact with other people and COVID-19 precautions will be imperative. It makes more sense to maintain your vehicle properly and fix any potential problems as soon as possible to reduce potential breakdowns and accidents. Here are some other factors that make servicing your vehicle crucial:

Extend Your Vehicle’s Life

You can keep the majority of problems from occurring by sticking to a recommended vehicle maintenance schedule.

Oil changes and replacing the oil, air, and fuel filters are just some of the critical components of vehicle maintenance that you should be doing regularly. Routine vehicle care reduces unnecessary wear and tear of your engine, prevents costly repairs, and extends the life of your vehicle. 

Reduces Repair Costs

Servicing your vehicle regularly is not expensive, but when unexpected repairs pop up, they can enhilate your monthly budget. When you neglect regular maintenance of your vehicle, smaller problems make way to major issues quickly. If you take your vehicle in for one of these services, however, the mechanic can look for minor problems like leaks and cracks. Friction can cause excessive wear and tear on components, which your mechanic can also point out to you. When you catch minor problems before they turn into major replacements or repairs, it can reduce your repair costs drastically. 

filling tires vehicle maintenanceIncreases Safety & Decreases Possible Accidents

If your vehicle breaks down late at night on a dark road, you could find yourself in a treacherous situation. If it malfunctions on the highway and causes an accident, lives could be on the line. You can reduce the probability of these situations occurring by attending to your vehicle’s regular maintenance.

Here are some of the things you should be checking regularly as part of your maintenance routine:

Tires - Your tires should be rotated properly and maintained at the proper air pressure for their size. These factors ensure that your tires wear equally and help to increase gas mileage. You can check the air pressure in your tires at most gas stations fairly quickly. 

Fluids - Your vehicle uses fluids for lubrication and functioning. The fluids do not evaporate, but as your vehicle uses them, the levels deplete, requiring you to top them off. If your vehicle’s fluids remain low, however, the protection they provide against friction of different components decreases. This causes more wear and tear on components of your engine, and you will eventually have to replace them.    

Oil Changes - Most auto shops will recommend an oil change for your vehicle every 5,000-10,000 miles. Your oil filters will be replaced with new ones when you get this service done. This is arguably one of the most important maintenance services you should be treating your vehicle to. 

Maintaining your vehicle costs several hundred dollars per year, but emergency repairs and replacements can run you into the thousands of dollars. Although the financial costs that you will incur typically arise when you are not servicing your vehicle regularly, you have to think about the safety issues, as well. Car accidents can’t always be avoided, but accidents caused by lack of maintenance can. 

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.