Five Reasons Why Your Car Needs an Oil Change

car needs an oil changeWe all know that maintenance is an important part of car ownership. Unfortunately, many of us neglect it—often because we don’t realize how important such maintenance is. To shed some light, here are five reasons why your car needs an oil change.

  1. Clean

    . One job the oil does is help keep your engine clean. It will collect any dirt and debris that gathers there. However, over time, this causes your oil to break down and turn into sludge. Regular oil changes prevent this from happening.

  2. Cool

    . All the moving parts in your engine create a lot of heat. The oil helps maintain a safe operating temperature by drawing out some of the heat.

  3. Lubricate

    . As the metal pieces in the engine move, they create friction. To prevent them from seizing up, they need to be lubricated with oil.

  4. Improve Engine Health.

    By following the recommended oil change schedule in your owner’s manual, you can help ensure a long life for your car. Whenever you go too long between oil changes, it can rob your car of some of its potential life.

  5. Maintain Efficiency.

    A dirty engine has to work harder, which causes it to run inefficiently.

If you have fallen behind on your car’s maintenance, schedule an appointment here at Rivard Buick GMC to get caught up.

Prepare Your Car for a Hurricane and Cut Down on Stress When Weather Gets Ugly

Prepare Your Car for a Hurricane
Prepare Your Car for a Hurricane

When a hurricane is approaching the area where you live, it’s extremely important to prepare for unpredictable conditions and potential hazards. While taking steps to protect your home, though, don’t neglect your vehicle. In the event of an emergency, follow these tips from Rivard Buick GMC and prepare your car for a hurricane.

Fill gas tank and charge battery

In the aftermath of a hurricane, things like fuel and batteries can be extremely scarce. Before the weather turns ugly, fill you gas tank completely and make sure you’re battery is fully charged. A road ready car can be a major help if you need to evacuate.

Check oil, wipers, and tires

The last thing you want if help is temporarily unavailable is to break down and get stranded. If a major storm is approaching, check your oil, windshield wipers, and tires and make sure everything is in working order.

Pack emergency supplies

During hurricane season, keep a bag of essentials stowed in your car in case you need to unexpectedly evacuate. Be sure to pack water, food, clothes, flashlights, and a cellphone charger.

 

An approaching hurricane can cause serious stress and danger, but you’ll be more prepared if you take the time and ready your car with these simple tips from Rivard Buick GMC.

The Dangers of Using a Cell Phone While Driving Are Worse Than You Thought

Cell Phones and Driving The Huffington Post recently compiled some rather distressing statistics on the dangers of using a cell phone while driving….

  • 25% of all motor vehicle accidents involved a cellphone
  • Nine Americans are killed every day as a result of distracted driving “such as using a cellphone, texting or eating”
  • People take their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds to write or read a text

What can you do to help prevent these kinds of tragedies? The answer is simple: do NOT use your cell phone while you are driving. Period. If you find it is too hard to resist, try putting your phone in your glove box. If you still find you can’t resist, then put it in the trunk.

Worried about ignoring texts and calls? Your phone likely has a feature that will automatically send pre-written messages to anyone who happens to text you while you are in transit. If not, there are a lot of apps that can do it for you. Any friend who is going to argue with that is probably not a friend worth having.