If you work as a traveling nurse or speech, physical, or occupational therapist, your car could very well be your lifeline. Are you taking good care of it?

Below are some tips on car maintenance.

  • If you aren’t going to – or don’t want to – perform regular maintenance on your car yourself, make sure you take regularly to a good mechanic. Many mechanics will say you should change your oil every 3,000 miles or every three months, but most cars can easily go up to 5,000 miles between oil changes – so long as you do so regularly.
  • If you drive a lot, you should check your battery and radiator water just about every day.
  • If you can’t put your car I a garage or otherwise under a roof, cover it with a sheet in order to protect its color from fading.
  • Use shampoo to wash your car; anything stronger can damage the paint. Wash your car monthly.
  • Check your tires’ pressure regularly. Replace windshield wipers at least yearly. Check them regularly and clean them as needed.
  • Don’t jam the brakes as you approach stop signs and lights. Instead, apply gradual and slow pressure. This helps maintain your brakes.

Not only will your car get you to and from your travel assignment, it also can help you save money in taxes because the travel you do to and from your assignment can be a tax deduction.