Most of us rely on our cars to get us where we want to go. Unfortunately, not all car owners take care of their cars like they are supposed to. While the cost of car maintenance can hurt your budget, postponing your scheduled maintenance may result to a more complicated problem and leave you with a big auto repair bill.

In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of some of the most common car maintenance mistakes that may eventually cause damage to your car. Read on and try to avoid these costly mistakes.

Putting off scheduled maintenance

One study revealed that putting off scheduled maintenance is the number 1 car maintenance mistake committed by car owners.

If you postpone your maintenance, your brake lines could be one panic stop away from bursting, your metal flakes could be floating around in your oil and your old anti-freeze could be rotting in your system. Check your manual for scheduled maintenance. Also, consider the climate in the country you are driving in. This is important because some cars need more maintenance, especially when driven in an extremely hot or cold weather.

Not checking tire pressure

This is one of the most important things every car owner should take note of. Underinflated tires waste more fuel, perform worse in emergency situations and take longer to bring the car to a stop as compared to properly inflated tires. Plus, there might be a chance of a blowout.

Check your tire pressure at least once a month. If the temperature changes quickly, you might want to check it more often.

Postponing oil change

Oil changes should be part of your regular maintenance. Not changing the oil on time can be deadly to the engine. That being said, it is important to be aware of the recommended time to change your oil, which is usually outlined in the car owner’s manual.

Most manufacturers recommend that you change the oil at specific intervals.  Once you have determined the recommendations, don’t forget to schedule an appointment for an oil change and stick to the recommended schedule.