Terry Labonte for Men's Health
Terry Labonte started racing when he was just 7 years old. He has 22 Cup victories under his belt, is a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, and was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
Like many men, Terry hasn't always made regular visits to the doctor a priority. But Terry has now become an advocate for men's health.
And while Terry now encourages all men to take charge of their health and schedule regular check-ups with their doctor, he has always been happy to give advice on car maintenance.
Read your owner's manual to determine the grade of gas your car requires. And always keep at least ¼ tank of gas in your car at all times. You never know when you may get stuck on the road.
The most important thing you can do for your car is read the owner's manual. Each car is different and has its own, unique maintenance schedule.
Even if you do your own oil changes, bring your car in to a licensed mechanic every 30,000 miles for a tune-up. This will ensure that your engine is running smoothly and that any faulty parts (like spark plugs or belts) can be replaced.
Your car is only as good as the wheels it sits on. For optimum vehicle performance, rotate your tires every 6,000 miles. And check the tread—if you can see President Lincoln's entire head when inserting a penny into the tire tread, it's time to replace your tires.
Keep an emergency kit in your car at all times. Mine has a flashlight and extra batteries, jumper cables, first-aid kit, water and high-protein snacks, an ice scraper and shovel, flares and a blanket.
1. Data on file. Yankelovich men's "Drive for Five" health campaign report survey. Conducted June 20-28, 2012.