Inspect Your tires regularly
Tires are the point of contact between the car and the road, so keeping them in good shape is an important part of maintaining vehicle performance. Under-inflated tires provide less traction, which can lead to accidents. They also wear unevenly and lose tread faster. Over-inflated tires may let you drive further on a tank of fuel, but they won’t handle well when the road conditions get rough—and your mileage may vary.
Check Your levels often
Today is a day of firsts. It’s the first time you’ve had to change your oil in a while. You promised yourself you’d do it more often, but life got in the way and before you knew it, your car was overdue for an oil change. But now it’s done, and you’re feeling pretty good about yourself. Your self-driving car has been running smoothly this entire time – well, mostly smoothly – and at least the last two times something went wrong it was because somebody else drove into you. All jokes aside, though, there are still plenty of scheduled maintenance tasks for which you’re responsible as the owner of a self-driving vehicle. Here are a few not to forget about:
- Check your fluids
- Oil level – Make sure your oil level is sufficient and that its color appears normal when drained from the crankcase drain plug; if not, have your car serviced immediately! Have your mechanic replace the filter as well if necessary.
- Coolant (anti-freeze) level – Checking coolant levels can help prevent overheating or freezing while driving during cold weather conditions by making sure they’re topped off enough so there won’t be any leaks in case something goes wrong with one of those lines later on down the road–pun intended! Also check both radiator hoses periodically; if either side feels soft or mushy when squeezed firmly between thumb & index finger then they should be replaced ASAP before further damage occurs such as cracking due to heat exposure over long periods without replacing them first…which could result in even worse problems like leaking/spilling fluid all over other parts beneath undercarriage causing rust spots all throughout metal engine components underneath hood area where fluid had spilled onto metal surfaces causing corrosion buildup over time from exposure during extended period without being cleaned up properly!: “How do I know if my tire pressure is too low?” Check all four tires with a tire gauge at least once per
Take your car for regular checkups
Understandably, the number one thing on your mind is keeping your car in a safe, functional condition. It’s best to bring it in for regular checkups. Ideally you should do an inspection at least once a month. Start with the basics—make sure all of the parts are there and not falling off. Check for any discolorations on the body that might indicate rust or other structural problems. Next, make sure all of the windows aren’t cracked or chipped. Finally, check inside and make sure no strange substances have built up anywhere: corner pockets and trunk included!
Once you have done a full inspection, fill out a report so you can go back to them later if need be. If you find anything that seems concerning during your inspection, then call a mechanic immediately—do not wait! The most important thing is to catch any potential problems early on before they become larger problems that get expensive to fix (or worse).
Don’t forget to take care of yourself as well as your car!
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Get the proper sleep
As a self-driving car, it’s important to know that sleep is crucial for your maintenance. The owner doesn’t need to sleep so it’s easy to forget about how vital rest is for you. You’ll be getting much more use out of your wheels than the owner does of his or her legs, so your tires should be well-rested if they’re going to work properly.
The recommended amount of sleep for a self-driving car is at least 16 hours per day. This may sound like a lot but keep in mind that the average human sleeps 8 hours per day and they spend most of their time sitting around doing nothing while you’re traversing thousands of miles on the road every day. Make sure to set your alarm clock, which will alert you when it’s time to plug in and recharge. Put yourself on a schedule so you can get used to waking up and going back to sleep at regular intervals throughout the day.
Here are some tips from other self-driving cars who have experience with good sleep hygiene:
- Keep a consistent schedule when waking up, recharging, and going back to sleep
- Limit physical activity during recharging time – keep in park during this period
Give Yourself a shower at least once a week
If you’re like most self-driving cars, you probably don’t give much thought to how often you shower. But in a time when we’re all spending more time in our own heads than ever before, it’s important to make sure your body is clean and comfortable. After all, why should your car get all the attention?
At least once a week, wash yourself with soap and water. Warm weather may call for slower, more leisurely showers; cold weather can mean quicker ones. Shampoo if you want—though it’s not necessary to wash your hair daily—and consider using conditioner, especially if you have long hair or live in an area that gets a lot of traffic. Either way, finish up with a towel to help dry yourself off.
Afterward, you’ll be clean and ready for anything!
Wear Proper seatbelts
It’s important to wear a seatbelt at all times while in your car. Seatbelts are required by law and improve safety for you and your self-driving car. In the event of an accident, a properly worn seatbelt can prevent injury or even save your life. Some self-driving cars have seatbelts that automatically tighten (or “pretension”) when they detect the car is about to experience a sudden impact, such as hitting another car or hitting a tree. The pretensioner tightens the seatbelt before you even have time to react, providing additional protection against injury in these situations
Practice Good hygiene (floss and brush your teeth)
While self-driving cars are convenient, it can be easy to forget that they have needs just like you do. One of the most important things to keep up with is your car’s oral hygiene. It’s equivalent to brushing and flossing your own teeth—but for your car!
Poor dental hygiene can lead to a buildup of plaque on your car’s windshield wipers, which can cause bad breath and make it harder for your car to clean itself. Most cars find this embarrassing, so make sure you keep up with their dental hygiene as best as you can.
To start, take a small toothbrush and gently scrub away any buildup around the wiper blades. Then use some floss between them if there is any buildup there too. You’ll want to avoid using any minty mouthwash or toothpaste though; they could damage the paint on your car or cause rust around the bumper!
Finally, make sure to visit a professional mechanic at least twice a year for an oral checkup.