About 70 percent of vehicles on the road are in need of some repair, according to the National Car Care Council. A recent article from StockMarketsReview.com revealed that 40 percent of consumers involved in repair decisions are postponing car maintenance or repair on their primary vehicle.
To help motorists get and stay safely on the road, AutoZone is offering these tips from Bruce Bonebrake, certified Master Automotive Technician and host of Weekend Mechanic on the DIY network.
- Perform routine scheduled maintenance checks. Motorists should check their owner's manual for a schedule of recommended maintenance intervals from the vehicle manufacturer. If the owner's manual has been lost, many websites, such as the National Car Care Council's web site www.carcare.org, offer a recommended maintenance schedule for vehicles.
- Be proactive. Don't wait for a breakdown to check important car components such as brakes and batteries. Proactive checks and preventative maintenance of these critical car parts can be the difference between staying on the road and being stranded on the roadside.
- Give brakes a checkup. Hazardous road conditions can lead to increased use of antilock braking systems, which can cause premature wear of all brake system components. As temperatures warm up, motorists should check their braking systems to uncover any damage that may have occurred during the winter months.
- Extreme temperatures can mean battery failure. Corrosion caused by heat is the leading cause of battery failure.