The Importance of Regular Car Maintenance

Most people rely on their own vehicle for day to day tasks like going to work and getting around town. It gives you the freedom to go wherever and whenever you want, since you’re not relying on public transport.

Daily wear and tear gets to your car eventually, though, especially in Canada where extreme weather is a constant threat. Regular maintenance ensures that your car is able to cope with regular use.

Maintenance also increases the lifespan of your vehicle. When every component is serviced and kept in tiptop condition, it’s bound to work smoothly. Here are some reasons why regular maintenance is required for every vehicle:

Extends its life

Just like a yearly dental appointment is essential for preserving the health of your teeth, having your car serviced regularly extends its life. Maintenance allows professionals to have a look at your vehicle and inspect any oncoming problems. Any irregularities in your car’s functioning are immediately seen to before they become a major problem.

Vehicle owners aren’t always aware of the benefits and importance of vehicle maintenance. Many just get repairs done as needed. Some may even go to the extent of putting off repairs until the car experiences a major breakdown.

Makes your vehicle more reliable

Having a vehicle of your own means you don’t have to rely on other means of getting from A to B. But if your vehicle hasn’t been maintained for years and is over ten years old, it’s bound to breakdown frequently and make commuting difficult.

Ensuring that every component of your vehicle is working to the best of its ability means that your vehicle will stay reliable for longer. You know it won’t breakdown in the middle of nowhere and ruin your day.

Ensures the safety of passengers and the driver

Vehicles travel at high speeds; this means that they can be potentially dangerous. Having the brakes and other safety components of your vehicle inspected and serviced regularly ensures the safety of the driver and passengers of the car. Who wouldn’t want to keep their family members safe?

Failure to get regular maintenance done makes your vehicle a hazard on the road. You put other vehicles at risk if your brakes fail or you stop suddenly in the middle of the road. Such incidents can even lead to serious legal repercussions and you can risk having your license suspended.

Saves money on major repairs

Regular maintenance requires professionals to check all the components of your vehicle to determine if they work well and are safe to be on the road. Any minor problems can be fixed on the spot.

Disregarding minor repairs will cost you a lot more in the long run. Major repairs can cost hundreds of dollar and can be easily forgone if you invest time and effort into regular maintenance visits.  

Health of the tires

Canada is known for its harsh winters. Subzero temperatures take a toll on the health of your tires. Tires driven in such temperatures require frequent replacement and repairs. Have a professional check out your tires. Only use winter tires during wintertime. They’re made of a soft rubber component that prevents any skidding on the road. They also have deeper and wider treads that allow snow, slush, and rain to be directed outwards.

Have a professional check the tread depth of your tires. If the tread depth is too shallow, you’ll lose traction on your tires. This can be extremely dangerous since you’re car becomes prone to skidding.

Also have a set of winter tires are regular tires in your garage. You can change them as the weather changes.

Windshield maintenance

Windshields are another maintenance component that’s often missed by car owners. They ensure a clear view of the road ahead which is essential to your safety. Over time, windshields develop scratches and chips. These eventually fill up your entire windshield which can be a major distraction when driving. Make sure you have your windshield replaced every few years to avoid such wear and tear.

Windshields are also prone to damage easily since they are made of glass. Modern windshields have come a long way. They are now much stronger and can withstand more pressure. They are also enforced to be shatterproof (an additional safety measure).

Despite the improved strength of windshields they can suffer damage and develop cracks. Cracked windscreens need to be tended to on an immediate basis. Canada has very stringent rules on damaged windshields and drivers can get fined for hundreds of dollars.

We at Crystal Glass provide quick and affordable windshield repair and replacement services at all hours for clients in British Columbia.

Weatherproofing the vehicle

The extreme cold experienced in Canada can negatively impact a vehicle in many ways. Car batteries are known to die in extreme cold. You’ll notice that getting your car warmed up during winter can take quite a long time.

Have your battery inspected by a professional. They will check for any leaks in the battery that could cause it to die. Experts also recommend drivers to park their cars in garages to keep their vehicles out of the extreme weather.  

Your vehicle has many fluids and chemicals to keep it in top condition. Brake oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, fuel, etc. are some of them. When exposed to cold weather, these fluids thicken too. This makes it difficult for your vehicle to get the right amount of fluid it needs to function properly. Transmission fluid is the number one problem during winter, it doesn’t allow your car to function properly.

Tire pressure is also affected during extreme cold. Tires are known to lose 1 pound per square inch for every degree of temperature drop. Underinflated tires drag on the road and can experience major damage in snowy and icy conditions.

Don’t forget to have your windshield replaced and repaired by us! Our experienced technicians ensure the best service to every client. We also provide residential and commercial glass services. Book an appointment with us todayor speak to our representatives for any assistance you might need at 310-4527.

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