Are You Maintaining Your Rideshare Vehicle Properly?

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If you depend on your vehicle to make a living, you’ll want to make sure that you’re performing routine maintenance and service on your vehicle. If you’re participating in a rideshare service, vehicle maintenance may need to occur more often. This is just part of keeping ahead of the normal wear and tear that is being put onto your vehicle. The last thing you want is for your vehicle to break down when you’re in the middle of transporting a customer.

More Frequent Oil Changes

The average vehicle should receive an oil change once every six months to a year. The timeframe really depends on the kind of vehicle that you own. The type of oil that you’re using can make a difference in the timeframe, too. When you have a rideshare vehicle, follow the mileage count for the type of oil that you’re using rather than relying on the timeframe. You are likely driving your vehicle more often than the average driver. Reset your trip odometer when your oil gets changed, and use that information to gauge your next change.

More Frequent Tire Rotation and Replacement

Tire rotation is a very simple maintenance task that goes a long way toward keeping you and your passengers safe. If one tire is wearing down at an uneven rate, this can put you at an increased risk of a tire blowout. If your tires are wearing out and need to be replaced, invest in a new set of tires as soon as possible. Otherwise, your vehicle won’t have the proper grip on the road that is needed for safety. Malfunctioning vehicle parts make you more likely to get in an accident, likely with your passengers inside.

Tire Pressure

A lot of newer vehicles come with sensors in all of the tires that alert the driver when the tire pressure is too low or high in one or all of the tires. If you don’t have this system, you should check the tire pressure in all four of your tires about once every two to three weeks. Too little air is a safety issue, but too much air in your tires is a concern as well. Don’t forget that the cold weather can cause air to condense. It’s not abnormal to have to fill your tires up when the winter arrives.

Windshield Wiper Fluid

The windshield wiper fluid reservoir in a car is something that many people neglect. When it comes time to use that fluid and it’s empty, you’ll wish you had checked it earlier. It takes just a matter of minutes to check and fill up your windshield-wiper fluid. You’ll be grateful you did when you’re driving in a cold and wintry mix of precipitation with dirty salt and slush being kicked up onto your vehicle. Make sure your windshield wiper fluid is always at least half full.

Battery Service

A functioning battery in your vehicle is a very important part of being able to start your vehicle up each time you need to get going. If your battery is several years old, now might be the time to invest in a new one. Repairs may just be needed to keep your battery running properly. Routine maintenance will include an inspection to determine if your battery is fully charged and if it can hold a charge.

It’s a good idea to work with a local service center to have your vehicle routinely inspected and maintained. Any issues that you notice should be addressed right away. This will help you avoid future issues with your vehicle that could end up being very expensive. Don’t forget that, as a rideshare driver, you have people who are relying on you to get them where they need to be.

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