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That new car that’s been sparkling on the car dealer’s lot is finally yours. You went through a lot to make that happen. While shopping for and purchasing a new car is exciting, drivers who want to keep their vehicle on the road longer should consider regular maintenance, according to the Car Care Council, which promotes vehicle care information to consumers.

• Basic tire maintenance is a must for every driver. It’s important to rotate tires every 5,000 to 7,000 miles.* Drivers should also inspect their tires regularly to make sure they are properly inflated and in good condition.

• Your brakes could be trying to warn you. Get your vehicle inspected if you suspect any problems, including (but not limited to) brakes making noise, vibration or if the vehicle pulls to one side while braking.

• Have you changed your headlights lately? You may want to check them out. Throughout time, they can become dim so it’s best to replace them before they burn out.

• The condition of your windshield wipers plays a key role in your level of visibility on the roadway. Make sure they’re properly cared for and replace the wiper blades periodically.

• The hot temps aren’t going away anytime soon – and the heat can cause battery fluid to evaporate, which could damage your car battery. Check it regularly and if you notice dim headlights or interior lights, it may be time for a new battery.

• Speaking of the summer heat, it’s important to know the symptoms of a cooling system that’s failing. Some of the most noticeable signs include overheating, leaks, the smell of anti-freeze and repeatedly adding coolant to your vehicle.

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