* Every other fuel fill-up: engine oil and washer fluid.
* Every oil change: antifreeze, air filter and battery.
* Monthly: belts, brake fluid, hoses, power steering fluid, tire air pressure, tire tread depth and overall condition, and transmission fluid.
* Every six months: wiper blades.
* Annually: exhaust system.
* Replace when out or worn: lights, shock absorbers.
* Refer to vehicle owner's manual: change oil, rotate tires.
Experts also recommend that drivers keep an emergency kit in their vehicles. This too can be confusing, as people don't always know what to include in an emergency kit.
Here are a few items Firestone Complete Auto Care suggests you have to help prepare for unforeseen circumstances on the road:
* Jumper cables
* Flashlight and batteries
* Protective gloves
* Flares and matches
* Gallon of water
* Nonperishable food
* Portable air compressor
* Auto Club membership card
* In the winter months: a shovel, bag of kitty litter or sand and a blanket.
With a basic car care checklist to help keep your vehicle running well and a comprehensive vehicle emergency kit, you can drive with confidence knowing that you'll be prepared for any "bump in the road."
Trisha Hessinger, an automotive education specialist and former racecar driver, is a national spokeswoman for Firestone Complete Auto Care's award-winning Car Care Academy program. For details on the Car Care Academy program, visit www.Master CareUSA.com.