Five simple tips keep vehicle in top shape

The Pep Boys, Manny, Moe and Jack, want drivers to turn over a new leaf in caring for their car by offering five easy tips to keep drivers safe and on the road in 2013.

Keep Your Car Healthy

When you get ill, you visit a doctor to get well again. Why should your car be any different?

If the “check engine” or “service engine soon” light illuminates, your vehicle is telling you it needs to see a doctor. Don’t wait to bring your car to a qualified technician to diagnose and repair the problem. In many cases, driving with “check engine” or “service engine soon” light will cause the vehicle’s computer to try to compensate for the problem, greatly reducing fuel efficiency.

Look Your Best

You would never wear the same dirty clothes for weeks at a time, so why would you drive a dirty car?

Keep your car looking its best by taking care of your car’s paint. Maintain and protect your car’s appearance by washing and waxing your vehicle’s exterior on a regular basis with high-quality car care products. Pep Boys recommends washing your car from once a week to twice a month, and waxing your car twice a year. Dozens of products are offered to keep your car from becoming a rolling billboard for a bird’s handiwork.

See Clearer

You know to always keep your eyes on the road, but does your car prevent you from doing so?

The rain and snow of winter roads can sometimes make driving a challenge, but your car shouldn’t. Replace worn or damaged wiper blades at the first sign of wear to ensure you always have a clear view of what’s ahead. If your vehicle’s wipers begin to leave streaks, replace your wiper blades so you can stop squinting and keep your eyes on the road.

Be Smarter

Your tires are much more than shoes for your car.

Tires play one of the most important roles in your vehicle’s safety and performance. As the direct link between your car and the road, your tires make sure your car stops, goes and turns when and where you need it. Drivers should inspect their tires regularly for proper tire pressure and tread wear. Pep Boys offers free tire pressure checks and inspections at all locations year-round.

Shed Those Extra Pounds

Lose weight by getting rid of all that junk in the trunk.

All those extra items you have in your car are making it work harder and costing you money. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your vehicle’s fuel efficiency is reduced by 1 to 2 percent on average for every 100 pounds of additional weight, which equates to paying as much as 10 cents more per gallon of gas.


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