About 92% of Americans own cars and use them for several aspects of their daily lives. Because of their importance in our day-to-day activities, it’s important that you protect your car and care for it the right way.

Here, we’re going to give you some vehicle maintenance tips that you should know in 2022. Read on to make your vehicle last as long as possible and drive smoothly for many years to come.

1. Check Your Oil

Your oil lubricates the machinery inside your car to make sure that all of it moves properly. This doesn’t just keep your car running optimally but also protects your engine from unnecessary wear and tear.

Check your oil once a month by pulling the oil dipstick from the hood. Make sure that the metal stick is coated in oil up until the line denotes that it contains enough. This will keep your engine safe so that your car lasts longer.

2. Investigate Tire Pressure

If your tires don’t have enough air in them, you may find yourself with an inconvenient flat tire. You also could have wheel damage if you don’t fill them for a long time.

Check the air pressure in your tires monthly. If you don’t have enough, make your way to the nearest gas station and use the pumps to fill them up.

3. Get Routine Professional Vehicle Maintenance

Your oil and tires are important, and at-home maintenance isn’t going to cut it in every case. You should be taking your car to the dealership or an auto shop every 6 months for professional maintenance.

This includes a standard oil change and tire rotation. You also can ask professionals to check up on the welfare of your vehicle. They’ll let you know what else you can do to protect your car.

4. Protect Your Paint

Using the best paint protection film available is important to keep your car’s appearance in top shape. You don’t want everyone you drive by to see signs of weather damage or past fender benders.

Paint protection also works beyond cosmetics because it prevents rust. If your paint chips off, the metal of your vehicle becomes more prone to decay. Protecting your paint means no exposed metal or long-term rust damage.

5. Change Air Filters Regularly

Your car’s air filters naturally will get clogged over time. Dust, pollen, smog, and other contaminants get caught in the filter rather than the engine. This is the purpose of the filter – keeping the engine in top shape.

However, when the air filter gets dirty, it can block airflow into your engine. This lowers your performance and emissions. Make sure to replace it every 10,000-12,000 miles.

More on How to Protect Your Car

Now that you know some basic vehicle maintenance tips that will protect your car, it’s time to learn more ins and outs of car care. Check out the “autos” tab on our home page to learn about different types of vehicles and how to maintain them. You also may be interested in our search function if you’re looking for articles about specific issues you’re having with your car.