Oil changes are a part of your regular car and engine maintenance. They should not be forgotten about and need to be done regularly. They are extremely important to making sure your car lasts for a long time. Oil change frequency varies on your car and really on who you talk to. Some people think cars can last 10,000 miles on their oil, others say not even half that. A nice general rule is every four to six months, or somewhere around 5,000 miles. If your car is new, it may have a scheduled maintenance program in which your oil will be changed at the correct intervals. There are some benefits to changing your oil. First, it will expand your car’s “life expectancy”. Oil changes do a number of things, including reducing the friction in your engine by lubricating the engine (which will lower the heat output), and it will also remove any pollutants that should not be in your car’s system. Oil changes are a crucial part of car maintenance, which sometimes gets forgotten. Over 5% of the accidents that occur today are due to poor or a total lack of car maintenance. Having your oil changed can help prevent an accident. Having not enough, or the wrong type of oil can lead to decreased gas mileage, which will mean more money out of your pocket at the gas pump. Overall, the importance of an oil change is huge, and you should make sure that your car gets enough oil changes over the life of the car.