Auto Safety Tips

Engine oil

Check oil every other fill up. Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean. Insert it fully and remove it again. If it is low, add oil.

Oil filter

To maintain peak performance, change oil every 5,000 km (3,000 miles) or 3 months, whichever comes first. Replace oil filter with every oil change. A dirty oil filter is not cleaning your oil.


Check the antifreeze/coolant level weekly. Some cars have transparent reservoirs with level markings. Fill to level marking with 50/50 solution of antifreeze and water. Caution: Do not remove the pressure cap when engine is hot.

Brake fluid

Check brake fluid monthly. First, wipe dirt from the brake master cylinder reservoir lid. Pry off the retainer clip and remove the lid or unscrew plastic lid, depending on which type your vehicle has. If you need fluid, add the approved type and check for possible leaks throughout the system. Fill to mark on reservoir. Caution: Do Not Overfill.

Power Steering Fluid

Check power steering fluid level once per month. Simply remove the reservoir dipstick. If the level is down, add fluid and inspect the pump and hoses for leaks.


Make sure to check your battery fluid level each month or prior to going on a long road trip.

If you are unsure about how to perform any of the above safety tips, you should ask a professional car care specialist or get help from someone you trust.