We’ve mentioned in previous posts that we’ve stopped at the Plymouth VIP Auto gas station, which is part of the locally-owned group of Minnoco stations. In addition to good service, they sell gas with additional ethanol in it, which we’ve learned is good for our health (contains less toxins), good for our engines (cleaner and cooler-burning), and good for the environment (better for the air).
When their crew reached out regarding Father’s Day it seemed like a good fit. Our dads all tried to teach us various car lessons — keeping our tires full of air, always keeping the gas tank more than half full, and keeping washer fluid on hand for slushy MN winters & springs. There are some good lessons that Dad taught us and some that he might not have known about that are worth sharing.
This Father’s Day, as we all thank and remember the dads in our lives, let’s also keep in mind some of the best automotive lessons we have learned from them – and perhaps learn a couple that we can now teach them!
- Regular Tune-ups: Taking your car to an automotive professional for regular tune-ups will keep your vehicle running safe and help it live a long life. Just as with people, preventive automotive care is far preferable over having to handle an unexpected emergency. Be sure to take your car in for an oil change, wheel alignment and other standard maintenance checks at least once a year.
- Improved Fueling Options: Drivers today have more fueling options than ever before. What some drivers may not know is that all 21st century cars are able to take advantage of gasoline with higher blends of American-made biofuels such as ethanol. Ethanol is already in nearly all of the gasoline sold in the U.S. and E15 – gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol – is another option drivers have across the U.S. E15 helps lower greenhouse gas emissions while offering drivers more horsepower. It’s so beneficial, in fact, that NASCAR has been using higher blends of ethanol since 2011.
- Use Automotive Cleaners Only: Keeping your car clean will ensure that it looks good on the road and maintains maximum resale value over the long term – and it can be a fun weekend project for the family! But be sure to only use cleaning products made for use on automobiles. Standard household cleaners can be harmful to leather and upholstery, and most standard window cleaners contain ammonia, which can actually degrade the heating elements on rear windows over time.
- Learn to Check Tire Pressure: Many of today’s cars come equipped with automatic tire pressure sensors that alert drivers when a tire is running low. But having a tire pressure gauge and knowing how to use it will give you the ability to make sure your tires are properly inflated and adjust the pressure accurately when needed.
- Let Technology Help: There are numerous smartphone apps that drivers can use to help track maintenance history, expenses and mileage, as well as remind you when it’s time to head in for your next tune-up.
Have a Happy Father’s Day this weekend – and don’t forget to teach Dad that there are some great new fueling options out there! You can learn more at GetEthanol.com.