Burlington, Ontario – May is National Car Care Month in Canada, a reminder that cars need attention as spring weather rolls in, and that regular maintenance is the key to ensuring safety, minimizing fuel consumption, and preventing costly repair bills.
“Car maintenance is just as important as having your dentist check your teeth,” said Amanda Li, director of marketing for Shell Lubricants. “It has to be done regularly, and it’s important that all drivers are educated about regular vehicle maintenance.”
While performing do-it-yourself maintenance can be daunting, there are a few simple, low-cost items you can do yourself, including keeping engine oil topped up, having it changed according to the manufacturer’s recommendation, checking the hoses, belts and vital fluids under the hood, making sure tires are in good condition and properly inflated, and replacing worn or damaged windshield wipers.
According to Car Care Canada, checking tires and air filters can make a big difference. Driving on underinflated tires has the same effect as adding a cent or two to the cost of every litre of fuel you burn, while a dirty air filter can increase fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent. As well, travelling at 90 km/h instead of 110 km/h can cut fuel use by up to 20 per cent; removing 45 kg of unnecessary weight, such as items in the trunk, can increase fuel economy by one to two per cent; and using air conditioning in stop-and-go driving can boost fuel consumption by as much as 26 per cent.