Check the Oil : Check the level and condition of the car's motor oil. "Change the oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or follow what's in the owner's manual.
Inspect the Battery: Make sure your car's battery and cables are securely attached and free of corrosion.
Kick the Tires: Take a close look at your tires. Good, well-maintained tires are critical to braking and steering. "Make sure the tread is OK and there are no gouges in the sidewall of the tires. A well inflated tire can enhance the overall performance of the vehicle and reduce premature wear and fuel consumption.
Test Your Brakes: It's critical that your brakes are in tip-top shape. If they are making noises, or if you're feeling vibrations when you hit the brakes, it's time to take it into the mechanic.
Test the Lights, Signals and Horn: Nothing is more important than proper lighting in a dark location. Check your lights and signals regularly to keep you and your family safe.
Test Your Wipers and Check Windshield Washer Fluid: Your wipers should be tested to ensure that they are working properly. The wipers should not leave streaks due to a loss of vision under certain weather conditions. It is very important that your windshield washer fluid is always available to clear road debris that may block your vision.
Tighten the Gas Cap: If your gas cap is not secure, the gas will evaporate from your tank as you drive. Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year, according to the Car Care Council.