Open the door, sit down, turn on the car, put the first one and accelerate. Is this what you do every morning before starting your way to your daily tasks? Well, you are omitting something vital: the preventive review of your vehicle, a job and a responsibility that can save you a lot of headaches and in the “pocket.”And driving a safe car not only prevents us from getting stuck in the middle of the street but also a traffic accident that involves mechanical failures and premature damage to the different vehicle systems. We tell you the most important keys to the preventive review of a vehicle. Maintaining your vehiclePreventive maintenance is a periodic practice that every person must assume when driving a car. Being this a machine that tends to wear out each of its parts, it is the driver’s commitment to check frequently the status and operation of the same.The objective of preventive maintenance of the vehicle is to check the operation of the most important parts and systems of the car such as tires, battery, brake system, suspension, lighting, exhaust, among others. Preventive maintenance of the cooling system• For the cooling system to work, it is necessary to check the coolant levels as follows :• The level of the coolant should always be between the marks of the reserve jar. It must be verified daily.• If the vehicle continually loses refrigerant liquid, the leak must be located, to avoid overheating in the system.• The coolant recommended in the vehicle owner’s manual must be used. Damage to the cooling system promotes overheating of the vehicle and other flaws of consideration. Check the coolant level frequently. Preventive maintenance of the engineOil is the central aspect to check in an engine. Its function within a vehicle is so important that a motor that runs without oil for 1 minute may be rendered useless.To check the oil level in the vehicle engine, make the engine check should be off. Verify that the oil should not smell like gasoline and should not be in a wet state. The change is made every 5,000 to 10,000 km, according to what is specified in the owner’s manual.On the other hand, the transmission oil of a vehicle must also be checked periodically. It must be evaluated that the fluid is in the right place and the state of the liquid and its smell. Leakage of oil from the transmission generates its premature wear.The motor belts and hoses must be in perfect condition to avoid damage such as breakage and permanent engine damage. These should not have cracks or color changes and not be worn or corroded. Also, its appearance should not be dry or with peels.The change of belts and hoses is done according to what is established in the owner’s manual. If the straps are broken, the vehicle must not be started. BatteryOne of the big questions that drivers have is how to take care of and when to change the battery of their cars. The truth is that to take care of it and take better advantage of it; it is advisable not to abuse its use by installing multiple electronic devices inside the vehicle (DVD, radios, etc.).The useful life of a battery ranges between 2 and three years normally. It is advisable to check the load level every three months in a service center. Lighting systemTo verify that all vehicle lights are working correctly, make sure that the brake, reverse, high, medium and low lights light correctly. If one melts, it should only be replaced by the one recommended in the owner’s manual. The medium and high lights should be aligned every six months. Braking systemThe braking system is one of the most critical systems of active vehicle safety. Even so, we do not periodically check its operation, risking to suffer a traffic accident due to mechanical failures. Preventive maintenance of a vehicle’s brake system includes:• Change of brake fluid every six months.• Verify that the brake fluid is clean and above the minimum level required.• For prevention, check the brake bands and brake pads monthly, and change them when the vehicle begins to lose its braking capacity. TiresOne of the systems that suffer most from the carelessness of drivers is tires. To avoid wear and increase its life, we recommend:• The inflation pressure must be indicated by the manufacturer and must be verified once a week. Remember that low pressure can increase fuel consumption by up to 15%.• Align your vehicle regularly to avoid mishaps.About us:One of our most important security systems is maintenance. If carried out regularly, it helps to maintain the high level of safety of your Mercedes and ensures its mobility and the conservation of value.