Are you personally familiar with how much oil your vehicle eats per
thousand miles? Are you familiar with your current, average and
customary fuel mileage? Any diversion from the customary indicates a
Provided you're aware of what "customary" is on all
fronts. Are you also checking, and familiar with, all fluid levels? Of
all kinds? Simple preventive stuff. Find the problem before it becomes
an actual problem.
And, as Z.T. points out, how aware are you of your tires' health? Or
what it is you need to change a tire quickly and efficiently, or
understand tire physics?
My rules of thumb, at least for those with steel wheels:
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