The Car Care Council has declared April National Car Care Month. The start of spring is a great time to take care of any issues that you may have put off addressing during winter months. Since April is traditionally a wet month, it is important to make sure your car is ready for traveling on slick, wet roads.

Your tires are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. It is important to regularly check your tire pressure and tread depth. Check the tread depth of your tires by using the penny test. Hold a penny so you can read In God We Trust across the top. Insert it into several different sections of the tire and look at Lincoln’s head. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it is time for a new set of tires. If the tread is in good shape, Abe’s head will be covered to about the forehead hairline.

Check your tire pressure at least once a month. Find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle in your owner’s manual, or reference the sticker located on the driver’s side door jam. Don’t forget to check the pressure of your spare tire as well. Stay on schedule with the recommended regular maintenance services to keep your vehicle running properly and performing at its best. Catching problems before they escalate saves you time and money in the long run, and extends the life of your vehicle.

The following services are typically recommended, but you will need to consult your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s suggested services and frequency:

  • Battery & Cables
  • Brake Inspection
  • Check Belts & Hoses
  • Coolant Flush and Replacement
  • Exhaust System
  • Filters – Air and Fuel
  • Fluid Checks – Power Steering and Brake
  • Lights
  • Oil Change
  • Windshield Washer Fluid & Wiper Blades

Your vehicle and tires will both benefit from regular tire balancing and rotation service. Tire balancing promotes even tire wear and provides a smooth ride by properly adjusting the wheel weight distribution around the vehicle. Tire rotation is will greatly extend the life of your tires. Vehicle manufacturers have specific recommendations, so be sure to refer to your owner’s manual tire rotation guidelines.

Take better care of your vehicle during National Car Care Month! Stop by your Raben Tire location for your maintenance services so that you and your family stay safe on the road.