HARRISBURG - PennDOT is telling Pennsylvania residents that they may want to look under their hoods - even if there's no trouble and an annual inspection isn't due.
Required annual vehicle safety inspections go a long way toward keeping Pennsylvania's motorists and roadways safe, but PennDOT is reminding drivers not to ignore the need for routine maintenance between inspections.
Routine maintenance helps to prevent malfunctions that could cause a dangerous or deadly situation.
Worn or defective tires, bad belts, low fluid levels, a weak battery or any number of other maintenance issues could potentially cause a loss of control or leave a motorist stranded.
Performed regularly, maintenance helps to prevent mishaps associated with mechanical failure.
Little things like checking tire pressure routinely, checking a vehicle's oil level when fueling up, or having a mechanic check out a peculiar sound can help save money and prevent frustration down the road.
Vehicle owners can visit the "Maintaining Your Vehicle Beyond Inspections" section under the Motor Vehicle Information Center on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website.
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