Take it from someone who’s had many a blowout on the road – CHECK YOUR TIRES. It can be difficult to remember to do so, but how long they will last again depends on how you drive, and checking them every now and then will help you to know where you are on needing to get them replaced. Thankfully, tires have built in wear indicators as well; there are ridges between the tread, and when the tread is on level with these ridges, it’s time to get new tires. You can also be on the lookout for little bubbles in the tires or other imperfections that aren’t there normally, which will also indicate that your tire is going bad, and needs to be changed. Now, I know that not everyone is comfortable checking and working on their own vehicle. However, performing these simple checks every now and then will honestly save you a lot of money down the road, and they aren’t hard to do. Your owner’s manual is your ally, so if you’re ever not sure about something, consult it! You may not understand everything that’s written down, but it’s an extremely helpful guide to everything about the workings of your vehicle, and you’ll be glad you have it.

The last thing we’ll talk about is the importance of immediate repair. If something is going wrong on your vehicle, or causing your vehicle to ‘act funny’ – i.e. making strange noises, not starting properly, etc. – then getting it checked out and fixed as soon as possible is the best way to avoid major damage to both your vehicle and your wallet. If a light on your dashboard tells you to check your engine, have it checked. If your brakes slip or your engine feels like it’s jerking while you’re driving, have it checked. It may seem like a hassle, but trust me, having to take your vehicle to a mechanic is much better than not having a working vehicle at all. Take it from someone who’s been without a car before due to a lack of regular maintenance.