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Your Dodge was an expensive investment, and you want to make sure that you get your money’s worth. Fortunately, with just a little bit of TLC you can keep your ride looking and running great. Even simple measures, like watching your speed and regularly visiting a Dodge service center will go a long way. For best operational results, here are six smart tips for properly caring for your Dodge.

1. Practice Eco-Driving

Your driving habits affect your vehicle’s gas mileage and lifespan. By making a few small changes, you can reduce your fuel costs and avoid extensive auto repairs. First, don’t race your car’s engine during start-up, as it will add years of wear to it. Check tire pressure regularly, as low pressure can put strain on the vehicle and reduce gas mileage. Avoid accelerating or breaking quickly, and always maintain a steady speed. You can also help your engine and manual transmission out by shifting to neutral when at red lights.

2. Fill Up the Tank Wisely

If you pull up to the gas station and spot a gasoline tanker filling up the tanks, either select another station or return another day. While the underground tanks are being filled, sediment is stirred up as a result of the turbulence. When this debris and sediment is mixed in with your gas, it can clog fuel filters and fuel injectors which results in poor performance and the possible need for repairs.

3. Choose the Best Insurance

No matter how great of a driver you are, there’s always the chance for an accident. In the event that the unthinkable occurs, it is in your best interest to select an insurance policy that will cover any damages.

4. Maintain an Auto Log

It’s always a good idea to keep a pen and notebook in your Dodge’s glove compartment so that you can easily keep record of when you fill up the tank and your mileage. If you notice that your vehicle is suddenly getting worse gas mileage than normal, you will be able to get the car checked out and correct any problems before they get out of hand.

5. Take it Easy When You’re Stuck

If your car ever becomes lodged in the snow or mud, excessive strain can significantly add to the problem, leading to the damage of an expensive component. You may gently rock the vehicle to try to free it, but if it seems as though you’re seriously stuck, don’t push it. If you continue to throw your ride from forward to reverse while spinning the tires, you’ll be producing a lot of heat. Ultimately, this can create major problems for transmissions, clutches, and differentials. In this case, it’s probably cheaper to call for roadside assistance than foot the repair bills. And remember that it’s always wise to carry sand, gravel, or cat litter in your trunk to help with traction.

6. Keep Current with Maintenance

Routine maintenance, like oil changes, tire rotations, alignment adjustments, and engine service is the key to giving your ride a happy, healthy life. By staying current on your visits to your local Dodge Service Center you can get the best gas mileage possible and reduce the likelihood of premature breakdowns, or other expensive issues.

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Mike Tanner is a car maintenance professional with over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. In his free time, Mike enjoys blogging about different car  maintenance tricks and tips.