When it comes to proper car maintenance, spring is a perfect time to get everything in order and tune up your car to the max. That’s the only way to stay safe on the road, so if you’re interested in useful tips and tricks on how to get it done, just keep on reading! Here are seven of them you simply need to know about.
Always Keep an Emergency Survival Kit in Your Car
We can’t emphasize enough the importance of an emergency survival kit when it comes to dealing with some potential problems you may come across while on the road. Such a kit may be really handy in case you experience a breakdown, so make sure you have it in your car. Some of the must-haves are: a blanket, gauze, a box of Band-Aids, jumper cables and a flashlight with a couple of extra batteries.
Learn when to Change Your Oil
In case you didn’t know, you should change your oil either after every six months or after every 3,000 miles. Of course, what’s more important, these intervals may vary according to the manufacturer, so you should better learn that from the manual. If the oil level is running low it can possibly cause some serious problems with the engine, so make sure to check it regularly. Better safe than sorry, right?
Know How to Check Your Tire Pressure
Tyre pressure is really important because both over-inflated and under-inflated tires can drain your gas and cause some potential hazards on the road. Carrying a tire gauge in your car is always a good idea, as well as having a can of air by your side, no matter how silly this may sound. It can help you solve a problem with flat tires if you can’t manage to get to a station.
Master the Art of Changing a Tire
This may sound like a really challenging experience, but trust us when we say that it isn’t as bad as it seems. There are many videos online related to this topic, so be sure to know how it’s done. You can even just ask your husband or brother to explain the whole process, one step at a time. It’s good to know that women realize the importance of proper education when it comes to car maintenance, which is why they often choose quality tires. Everyone knows that good quality is what you should always look for!
Understand the Importance of Warning Lights
It’s good to know that a wide range of newer models come with a number of warning lights designed to alert you about potential problems with your car. These are great since they can help you catch a problem early and save loads of money on expensive repairs. On the other hand, realizing that there are warning lights isn’t enough – you need to know to tell them apart and recognizing a problem!
Learn to Replace Your Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers can get worn out very quickly, after a year or maybe two, so be sure to replace them as often as you can. You really need your wipers to be functional because you won’t be able to drive without them when it’s raining or snowing. So, when they get worn out, get your car’s manual, learn about the size of wipers, buy them and replace the old with the brand new ones. It’s really a piece of cake!
Know how to talk to a mechanic
Even though this sounds a bit weird, the truth is that mechanics can sometimes speak a language unknown to you. Deciphering what they’ve said may be an impossible mission for women who aren’t really familiar with terminology. It gets even worse because some of them tend to charge more money for repairs when they think that you don’t know anything about the matter. So, try to learn at least the basics of mechanics and you won’t get tricked!
If you weren’t aware of the importance of proper car maintenance and a couple of other useful tricks – don’t worry, it’s never too late to learn. Just make sure to stick to our tips and you’re halfway there!
So Sassy Peeps! Car maintenance is super important to the longevity of your vehicle? Tell us a few things you do to maintain your vehicle? Inquiring minds want to know?
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