Four most common car troubles on the road.

The four most common car troubles are; Flat tires, out of gas, lock outs and dead batteries. The first of the four is flat tires. Obviously a road hazard can destroy even the newest of tires. However, some simple preventative maintanence can help minimize the exposure to tire failure. First, inspect your vehicles tires regularly for low pressure, cuts or guages, bulges and uneven tread wear. Tire pressure should be checked when it is cold to get an accurate reading. Also, use a high quality tire guage as some service station guages can be inaccurate. Also, do not forget to check your spare tire as it can loose pressure while being stored. The simple task of rotating your tires will also prolong the life expectancy of your tires and is a good time to inspect those tires.

The second trouble of being out of gas is the easist of the four to avoid. When low, fill-er up. When traveling a long distance, heed those highway signs that say "next fuel/services 26 miles", and GET before it is too late. Dont try to stretch it. Pay attention to your gas guage. It is recommended to fill up when driving locallly, when your tank is at a quarter full. If on a long trip, better to be safe than sorry.

Lock outs are becoming more popular with the rise in technology and the remote starting/locking mechanisms of newer automobiles. The best way to avoid locking your self out of your vehicle is to keep a spare key on your person when at all possible. Avoid keeping it in something that you often leave in your car as that will more than likely be left in the car with the keys. A hide a key is a good idea as long is it is placed somewhere that theives will not think of. Also, get in the habit of locking your car with the key if you can. That will ensure that the key is in your hand NOT in the car.

And last but not least, dead battery. Be aware of your batteries age. Batteries become weaker with age, and repeated use. The older the battery and the more you use your vehicle will relate to less power to start the car and shorter life span. Also, avoid leaving accessories on in the vehicle that can drain your battery while sitting. Leaving the vehicle for long periods of time without driving it can also drain your battery as the alternator does not have a chance to recharge it. Batteries also are susceptable to cold and heat. If you live in an evironment that has highs and lows, be prepared to replace your battery more often. The average life span of a car battery is three to four years. Preventative maintenance here can also avoid a break down when it is too late. If the battery is a 48 month battery, replace it after 4 years. The battery may last longer than the life expectancy but more than likely it will not perform as it should thus increasing the exposure to risk.

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