Madison, WI,
11:13 AM

Smart Driving Begins in the Garage


Your car is so much more than steel and wheels. It’s the quickest means of getting from where you are to where you want to be. Don’t let a simple maintenance oversight stop you along the road – or in your driveway. Here are quick tips to keep you moving.

If driving where it’s cold …

  • Consult your owner’s manual for any winter preparations specific to your vehicle’s make and model.
  • Once a month, add a bottle of fuel deicer to your gas tank to keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line.

Look under the hood

  • Have a trusted mechanic check your battery, charging system and cables to make sure they have the power to start your engine.
  • Check all fluid levels, topping off to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Inspect all belts and hoses for signs of excessive wear and damage.

Keep your wheels in motion

  • Examine your tires for low tread, uneven wear or signs of damage.
  • Monitor tire pressure at least once a month – tires lose a pound of pressure for every drop of 10 degrees Fahrenheit – and make sure a working jack is readily accessible.

Keep a kit close by

  • Always carry an emergency kit in case you become stuck. Include gloves, boots and blankets; flares; a small shovel; sand or kitty litter for traction; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a cell phone and an extra charger. (Even a cell phone without an active service plan can make a 911 emergency call.)