Having your car in the shop is no fun. If you don’t have a spare car, you have to figure out a new and less convenient way to get to your job. You might have to rely on others’ availability instead of going wherever you want whenever you want. In order to keep yourself on the road, follow these suggestions.

Drive Carefully

While you can’t stop other people from hitting your car, you never want to be the cause of an accident. Besides the hit your wallet and driving record may take, you run the risk of injuring or even killing other people. Always use your turn signal, even if you think no one is behind you. Use all of your mirrors when merging and backing up, but don’t look away from the road in front of you for too long. At night, turn your lights on and be extra cautious of hitting a deer or pedestrian.

Take Care of Problems

Don’t let yellow lights go unnoticed until they turn red; you may not be able to deal with them in time. When a light turns on, take your car to the shop to get it fixed. If a light repeatedly turns on, you may have a broken sensor. This is another problem that your dealer can probably fix. Never attempt a repair on your car unless you are a trained mechanic and are confident that you can successfully complete the job. The shop has specialized equipment such as a high pressure oil pump rebuild kit. Let them do the work so that you’re confident that it is done well.

No one can completely avoid car issues. However, by using caution and being proactive with repairs, you can minimize the amount of time your car spends in the shop and maximize the amount of time you spend on the road doing what you love.