Why exactly is basic maintenance on your vehicle important?
Not only does your battery need to be charged but you need to make sure the terminals stay clean from corrosion to insure the cables have a good connection. If you notice that your vehicle seems to be taking a moment to start most auto parts store will be able to do a free battery test and make your battery is staying fully charged. Making sure your battery is charging well and holding that charge is an easy way to keep yourself from getting stranded.
It is always a good idea to periodically check and make sure all your lights are functioning properly on the front and rear of your vehicle. These lights not only help you have better visibility at night but they also allow other drivers to see you and know what you are doing in regards to stopping or turning. Something as simple as a quick walkaround your vehicle, or a cheap bulb replacement, can help prevent a costly accident later on.
There are obviously many more things we could discuss but these 4 are just a few simple things that can be done to make sure your vehicle is operating properly and to the best of its ability.