We get it – life can get busy and overwhelming. Whether you’re a parent, a working single parent, a working college student, or anywhere in between, life gets busy! One of the areas we tend to neglect is our car, until it’s too late. We get warning signs that a tire is low, or that our engine is running property, yet we figure, “it can wait a while, it will be fine…” until you get a flat tire or you’re stuck on the side of the road because something went terribly wrong under the hood.

Sometime during your schedule, we always recommend staying on top of your car maintenance. This doesn’t mean taking it to the shop for every little thing, just keeping track of when you do need to go. Take a look at some of our top car maintenance tips to keep your vehicle safe to drive.

Couple taking a road trip in vintage convertible.

Keep Up With Scheduled Services.

It pays to take notice of your mileage. Most vehicles require maintenance every 30,000 miles. These services are important because it usually involves checking (and replacing if needed) wires, spark plugs, and timing belts. Getting your car serviced every 30,000 miles is the best way to make sure everything is running as it should, and that all of your cars parts are working properly.

Keep the Air Filter Fresh.

The best way we can describe the important of the car’s air filters is to think of them like the car’s lungs. When a car has a clogged air filter, it can significantly reduce miles per gallon because the car is working harder to pump air through, thus, eating up more fuel. So therefore, the more often you change your filters, the more you can keep your vehicle’s gas mileage as high as possible.

Convertible on a road trip

Get Oil Changed When Needed.

If you’ve ever owned a car, you should know that this is the single most important and commonly knows car maintenance services that everyone should do to keep the vehicle is it’s best running condition. The risk of not changing oil is engine failure. It’s very important to make sure you always have enough oil, and you get a fresh batch when it’s time to do so.

Tire Pressure.

Along with getting your oil changed, checking your tire pressure is also up there with commonly known ways to keep your car maintenance up to par. Keeping your tire pressure where it should be will also help the fuel efficiency.

Car On A Snowy Country Road

Keep You Car Clean.

Last, but certainly not least – keep your car clean! Not only will it make you feel better, but it will make anyone in your car feel better too. Keeping your car clean on the inside and the outside is a great way to keep it fresh all year long. We’ve all been there – dropping crumbs on the seat, or having bird dropping and dead bugs stuck to the windshield. Protect your car and clean it up!

Do you have a particular way to maintain your car? Tell us about it in the comments below!