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Lose the Junk in that Trunk!

You rely on your car to get you where you need to go. So why not do everything in your power to protect it? You may not be aware that you have a few habits that could be damaging your vehicle.

Your vehicle is a major investment and is a part of your daily life; you use it to get to work or school, to run errands, and to take you to social events. You rely on your car to get you where you need to go. So why not do everything in your power to protect it?  You may not be aware that you have a few habits that could be damaging your vehicle.

Strip Down! 

Keep your key chain to the essentials- the weight of a heavy key chain can actually pull on your ignition and cause problems with start up? So, get rid of old keys and heavy decorative additions to your key chain and strip down to contribute to your car's longevity.

 Lose That Junk in Your Trunk!  

Avoid the pitfall of throwing things into your trunk and forgetting about them. That extra weight of a full trunk drags on your car, wearing it down and costing you more money in gas. At the end of the day, take a look inside the vehicle and in the trunk be sure you aren't carrying around unnecessary weight.

Keep It Clean!

Keep your car clean. Mud on the undercarriage can weigh a significant amount and slow you down.

Stay Hydrated!

We have all done it…waited till you are riding into gas station on fumes.  But it's important to make the effort to stop and fill up BEFORE you see the fuel gauge on “E”! Letting your car run on empty can cause damage to your engine over time.

Use TLC!

Treat your care with a little T.L.C.-Change gears with care. Hastily slamming your car into park or into reverse without coming to a complete stop is detrimental to your transmission. Be sure to come to a complete stop before shifting gears and avoid high speeds. We know this is almost impossible to resist but you can improve your gas mileage by up to 15 percent driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph.

Routine Maintenance!

Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks. Reduce friction by using high-quality or synthetic motor oil. Check your oil! Low oil makes your engine work harder. Change your filters as dirty filters can sometimes increase the amount of fuel your vehicle uses by as much as 10 percent. Keep tires properly inflated and aligned. Check regularly to ensure your tires are fully inflated and your alignment is good.

Expect the Unexpected!

Be prepared and ensure that you are properly insured with a Massachusetts automobile insurance policy. No matter how well you take care of your vehicle, the only thing that will protect you from the unexpected is your Massachusetts car insurance. Protect yourself, your car, and your passengers by consulting your MA Insurance agent to make sure you have adequate coverage.

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