Did you know that demand for auto repairs is anticipated to rise almost 10% over the next year? This is probably because the auto industry in general is expected to experience a 3% growth rate as the economy picks up. For better or for worse, more cars means more repairs, and getting your car fixed up is no small task. Here are three tips, though, for maintaining your vehicle through the fair and tough weather.
1. Consider Upgrading Your Tires
Did you know that the average tire lasts for 25,000 to 50,000 miles? When it comes to buying tires, the right fit for your car and lifestyle can impact fuel economy, safety, longevity, and more. In fact, it’s estimated that tire selection can influence fuel economy by up to 20%! Consumer Reports has found that snow tires, all terrain tires, and off road tires can all place top for fuel economy. Dunlop tires for sports, for example, get their “excellent” efficiency score for performance all season tires. They also note that keeping your tires properly inflated makes a big difference, so double check.
2. Interlock Installation Options
Being honest with yourself about your driving habits is a good way to take preventative measures against accidents. In all reality, many people are often tempted to drive while intoxicated. This might not be something they agree with sober, but do without thinking while drunk. If you think this is likely to be a temptation for you, one way to ensure safety for your car, your life, and those around you is to invest in interlock installation. These devices work like a breathalyzer, only allowing you to drive if your blood alcohol level is acceptable. If someone tests positive, the device logs the event, starts up an alarm, but will not turn off the engine, as this would create a potentially unsafe driving condition.
3. Transmission Repair
If your transmission needs an entire replacement, you might end up paying $2,000 or more. It is, in fact, one of the most expensive automotive repair jobs out there. Car transmissions are what shift the gears for your vehicle, adapting engine output to drive your wheels. Signs of trouble include humming, grinding, or slipping. To ensure that the system lasts longer and that you avoid costly transmission repairs, get it checked up at least once a year, and, if your car often engages in high stress activities, check the transmission fluid often.