You've just driven your all-new 2016 Buick LaCrosse up to the gas station, pick a pump, pay and fill up. Then what? If you're like most, you probably read the credit card advertisements hanging at the pump, check your cell phone or even simply zone out until the gas nozzle clicks off signifying your tank is full. But have you ever considered using these few minutes to give your car a quick check-up? If not, you should because taking a few minutes to give your car a quick once-over with help keep it in good shape. The next time you take a pitstop at the gas station, take the time to perform the following tasks.
Windshields get dirty – easily, often and for many reasons. Dirt, dust, mud, bugs, even poorly working wiper blades can all make it hard to see out of your windshield. It may not seem like the end of the world, but not being able to see well out of your windshield is a serious safety hazard. So clean it regularly. Cleaning your windshield is a simple maintenance task to perform while stopped at the gas station. The windshield cleaning fluid and squeegee is right within arms reach after all, so make a point to grab it and give your windshield the cleaning it deserves.
For the best wash, first use the spongy part of the squeegee to soak your entire windshield with cleaning fluid. Then, pull the squeegee tightly along your windshield from the middle to the sides. Finish off any remaining streaks by pulling the squeegee from top to bottom. Another good thing to do with the squeegee and cleaning fluid is to clean your headlights, so go ahead and give them a good squeegeeing too.
Check Tire Pressure
No matter how important our tires are, we are all guilty of spending much more time ignoring them than providing them with the attention they need. Maintaining the proper tire pressure is one way of keeping your tires in good condition and can even save you some money. Properly filled tires are also more likely to keep you out of harms way when on the road than those that are not. Tires without the proper inflation – whether over-inflated or under-inflated – do not handle or stop as well as tires that have the correct pressure. They also increase the risk of a blowout.
You may not know it, but tire pressure constantly changes. As your tires log miles, their temperature fluctuates. This is why it's so important to check your tires – yes, all four! – regularly. A good schedule to follow is to check them every – or every other – fill-up.
Checking tire pressure may seem difficult, but it is actually one of the easiest, do-it-yourself automotive maintenance tasks there is. Here's how:
For the most accurate pressure reading, always check your tires when they are “cold” (as in before you drive them). If your gas station is just a mile or two down the road from your house, your tires are still considered “cold”. But if your tires have been driven for awhile, it's best to let them rest for a few hours before checking their pressure.
Find out the tire pressure recommended for your car. The simplest way to find this out is by checking your owner's manual or the panel inside the driver's side door. Regardless of the brand of tire your car is equipped with, always fill your tires to the recommended tire pressure level – not to the max PSI found on the tire sidewall. This number indicates the maximum pressure your tires need in order to carry its heaviest load, not your tire's ideal PSI.
Using a tire pressure gauge, check tire pressure. If too low, add more air to these specific tires.
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