How To Avoid Becoming Stranded

images-75.jpgTo avoid having to call for emergency roadside assistance, maintain your car.  There are a lot of motorists driving around with poorly maintained cars, and many of them find themselves stranded on the side of the road calling for road service.  To avoid this situation follow these simple tips.

Many people drive with very low tire pressure.  It used to be that gas stations would check tire pressure when you filled up your tank, but those days are gone.  Tires that are under inflated cause additional wear in tires and make your car get poor gas mileage.  It can be like driving with the parking brake on.  Check your owner’s manual for the proper tire pressure.

Also, be on the lookout for alignment problems.  If you sense a change in the steering, your vehicle probably needs to be aligned.  Many times there is a symbol on the steering wheel.  Make sure that the symbol is completely straight.  To avoid alignment problems, avoid potholes.

The most important thing that you can do for your car is changing your oil on a regular basis.  Generally, you want to change your oil every 3,000 miles.  However, if you use synthetic oil you can wait a little longer in between your oil changes.

Following these simple tips can keep you on the road and help you avoid being stranded.  Of course, you never want to leave home without a phone number for your road service program, because you never know when your car will fail.