Some car owners know absolutely nothing about how to maintain their vehicle. Whether they never had an interest or the time, it's not too late to learn something new. Knowing some basics can help keep your car healthy and let you know when you need to bring it to a professional for automotive repair services. Here are two things you should do regularly to maintain your car or truck.

Check the Oil

Checking the oil level in your car is a very important part of car ownership. If your car runs out of oil, it can be catastrophic for the engine and leave you hurting financially. Oil is what helps to lubricate the engine and other working parts. You get your car's oil changed regularly because it breaks down and develops a build-up that isn't healthy for your engine. The intervals for oil changes can vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle. If you read your car's manual, you should see the recommendation and follow that schedule. You should be checking the levels once a month. Knowing your cars' natural burning speed can be helpful to spot problems down the road. If your car starts burning through oil much faster than it had previously, this can be a sign that something else is going on. If you don't know how to check your car's oil levels, you can ask a mechanic at an auto service shop. It is one of the easiest things to check and only takes a minute to learn.

Check Your Tires

Driving on flat tires is a big mistake. Flat tires can mess with the alignment of a vehicle and cause bigger issues down the road. Every time you drive on the road you have a responsibility to keep yourselves and other drivers safe with your actions. Your car is not safe on the road with flat tires and can make you a hazard. You can look in your owner's manual for the recommended fill weight for your tires. Most automotive repair service shops will fill tires with air for free and even check the tire pressure for you. Buying a tire pressure tool for yourself is a great idea. Getting in the habit of taking the tire pressure reading regularly will help keep you safe on the road. 

Learning to take care of your vehicle isn't as hard as you think it is. Start with these two things today and learn more about your car and how you can stay safe on the road.