“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
How are you planning on getting it right in 2014? Of course, taking care of yourself is a priority, but what about taking care of your car? Doing so will save money and extend your vehicle’s useful life. Add these resolutions to your list and see just how much they will educate and protect you — while saving you some extra cash.
I will keep up on engine maintenance.
Keeping up on regular auto repair and maintenance saves you money on fuel and contributes to a longer-lasting vehicle. Here are some tips to help you stay on top of car maintenance in 2014:
- Create a calendar to keep track of oil changes, tire rotations, fluid refills and even car washes.
- Check and change your engine oil according to the recommendations in your owner’s manual. Make sure you choose the right grade of oil based on the vehicle and engine condition.
- Air filters should be cleaned regularly and replaced about every 15,000 miles.
- Tire pressure monitoring systems help prevent tire failure by warning you when one of your tires has low pressure. If your car isn’t equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, check your tire pressure manually on a regular basis. Bring the car in for service at any sign of improper inflation.
- Visit Knudtsen Service Center to watch our auto repair videos. You’ll learn how to check your oil, care for your car in winter and other handy maintenance tips.
I will drive efficiently.
Follow these tips to drive more efficiently to save money at pump:
- Drive 55-60 mph on the highways. Fuel consumption rates change according to the engine’s RPM. Generally, appropriate speed that consumes the least amount of fuel is about 56 miles per hour. Driving too fast or too slow can contribute to less efficient fuel consumption.
- Don’t change speeds unnecessarily. Every time you press the gas pedal, more gasoline is injected into your engine. When you maintain a steady speed, without constantly speeding up or down, your car gets better gas mileage.
- Do not drive too close to other cars in front of you. This keeps you from slamming on your brakes when traffic slows down.
- Do not leave engine running idling for too long. According to fueleconomy.gov, idling can use up to a half a gallon of gas per hour. If your car is parked, shut the engine off.
I will be prepared for bad weather.
Bad weather adds uncertainty to your daily commute. Be prepared by following this advice:
- Replace your wiper blades twice a year. Wiper blades that are bent or worn do not remove rain or snow effectively. Having functional wiper blades will make you, and everyone else, safer on the road.
- Have your battery tested before winter sets in. This will minimize the chances of getting stranded in the cold.
I will have a roadside emergency kit in my car.
Be prepared for any storm with a roadside emergency kit. Your kit should contain:
- Jumper cables
- Food and water
- Tire chains
- First-aid kit
- Spare tire
Whatever service needs your car or truck has, Knudtsen Chevrolet in Post Falls has you covered. Our highly trained technicians and staff are committed to offering the best in automotive service. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please call our service department at (208) 215-3092, visit www.Knudtsen.com or drop by our showroom at 1900 E Polston Ave, Post Falls, ID 83854. Wishing you a happy and safe 2014!