As someone who heavily relies on their vehicle for absolutely EVERYTHING, maintaining my vehicle in good working condition is a huge priority.
I've had my Avenger for about 2 years now and I honestly would not be able to function without him.(If you're wondering, my Avenger goes by the name of Thor - seems fitting, right?)
It is because of Thor, I'm able to drive my daughter to her bus stop every morning, drive to my client appointments, go to networking events and basically, take care of all my daily needs - both business as well as personal.
Now, I know for a fact that I' am not the only person feels this way about their vehicle, today I wanted to share a few steps that I have learned to do over the years in order to keep my ride in good driving condition.
DON'T SKIP THESE STEPS TO MAINTAINING YOUR RIDE
1. Get Routine Oil Changes
I know the thought of driving your vehicle to a shop to get a routine oil change may seem like a daunting experience, but in all honesty - this is a crucial step.
Ideally you want to get an oil change at least once a year. I say "ideally" because this will differ from person to person. In my case, I take Thor for his oil change on average every 3 to 6 months. That may sound like it's done too often, but for someone who drives an insane amount of mileage on a weekly basis, it actually works out well.
Since I'm the only one who drives Thor, it's my responsibility to get this done when I'm able to fit it in my schedule. Earlier this week while driving home from a client appointment, I stopped by a Walmart Auto Care Center.
The entire oil change process took no more than 15 minutes. In addition to changing the oil using Quaker State Advanced Durability Motor Oil, they also checked the filters and tire pressure. Overall, the service was excellent, quick and painless. So, the time your vehicle is in need of an oil change, go to your nearest Walmart. You'll thank me for it.
2. Check Both Pump + Air Filters Regularly
This step goes in unison with getting the oil changed. While the mechanic is under your vehicle, you should go ahead and ask them to check the filters. This is important because if your filters are extremely dirty, or broken this can cause improper filtering throughout the vehicle.
3. Check The Tire Pressure
Tires that are not properly filled can certainly effect the way your vehicle drives. I try to do this at least once a week while pumping gas at my local gas station. BTW, if you do not feel comfortable doing this, you can ask the mechanic at Walmart Auto Service to do it for you while they change your oil.
4. Check Your Oil
In between oil changes - at least once a month - checking the oil levels will tell you if the vehicle is running low on oil. Every car has a long "dipstick" used for this. Just pull it out, wipe it clean with a rag and insert it into the oil reservoir. By looking at the oil levels, you will notice if you need to add a quart of oil or not. If you do have to add oil, unscrew the oil cap and pour the oil inside using a funnel.
5. Wash Your Car
This step is self explanatory. Keeping your vehicle clean inside and out, will not only make you feel good but it will also make you look good while driving to work, school or while running daily errands.
And trust me when I tell you, feeling + looking good will make all the difference while you're going about your daily routine.
I hope you find these steps to maintaining your ride helpful. As independent women, having a running reliable vehicle is extremely vital. Your vehicle gives you a sense of freedom that most of us (myself included) take for granted. However, by just taking a few preventative measures, you can ensure that your vehicle will never let you + your family down.
Ladies, now it's your turn: How do you maintain your ride in good driving condition?