HOW TO CHECK YOUR OIL?
TIP: Don’t be a dipstick. Remember to wipe the bottom of the dipstick (with clean rag) on initial removal and put it back in. Then, remove it to see the actual oil level. Engine should not be running! And, make sure you are on a level surface.
HOW TO CHECK TIRE PRESSURE?
TIP: Psssst... PSI is the measurement for tire pressure. That stands for pounds per square inch. (We’re not talking about Dad bod). Over or under inflation can cause uneven tire wear. Make sure to check your tires cold. Tire pressure can read a little higher after driven on for awhile (warm).
Check your owner’s manual or sticker on the driver’s side door jamb for your tire PSI.
FUEL SAVING TIPS
- Papa may have told you to keep a 1/4 tank of gas in the car to keep the engine clean, but cars these days have fuel pumps that pick up fuel from the lowest part of the tank and have protective screens. Heading to the pump when the light comes on is fine, just don’t get caught up the creek without a paddle.
- Whoa horsey! For every 5 mph you reduce highway speed, you can reduce fuel consumption by a bit.
- Straighten up. A poor wheel alignment makes your engine work harder.
- Slow and Steady. Accelerate slowly. Pretend there is an egg under the pedal. This will slow down take off.