One of the biggest investments we make in our lives is our vehicle. Most of us want our vehicles to run well for many years. In order to keep our vehicles running at their best for longer, the Car Care Council reminds motorists of the importance of the three P’s of auto care: preventative, proactive, prepared.

1. Preventative: Lower your chances of experiencing unplanned, costly car trouble by performing routine maintenance and following a service schedule for your vehicle. Your owner’s manual will outline the best service intervals for your specific make and model.  

2. Proactive: When your vehicle is in need of repairs, make sure to address them in a timely manner. By fixing repairs as soon as you are aware of any problems you avoid more extensive work down the road. Before you travel any long distances, have a pre-trip inspection performed on your vehicle. This gives you the opportunity to have any repairs that are needed completed by your trusted technician before you hit the road.

3Prepared: Keep a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. It contains items that can be extremely valuable should unexpected situations arise.  The kit should include jumper cables, a road atlas, first-aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, water, non-perishable food, and blankets. Make sure it is equipped with ice scrapers and kitty litter or sand in the winter months. Also, make sure your cell phone is fully charged, and keep a list of emergency numbers separate if, for some reason, you cannot access them on your phone. Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council says, “Emergencies and natural disasters come in a variety of forms. Being car care aware and taking proactive steps in advance will help ensure that your vehicle is in proper working order so you will be better prepared if you encounter a problem while on the road.”

At Meridian Automotive we are dedicated to helping you keep your vehicle safe on the road for longer. For over 20 years we’ve been Meridian’s automotive repair experts for most cars, light trucks, and SUV’s. Don’t just trust anyone with your automotive maintenance and repair services, trust the experts at Meridian Automotive. Call us today, (208) 297-5573, or schedule an appointment online.

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