Being a first-time owner of a car means you still have a lot of things to understand especially about the car you just bought. Like taking care of your car and what you should do on doing so. With all the expenses you spend from buying it to the maintenance, repair, and even insurance, it is better to understand your car a bit more so you would know how to best care for them. After all, you must like the car so you bought them, whether it’s the cheapest or the most expensive ones. You don’t have to know everything, just the essential or basic things that will help you and your car in the long run. Here are the eight things that every first-time car owner should know.
1. Learn How To Drive a Standard Transmission.
Learning to drive a standard or manual transmission car is also a useful skill. After all, it’s quite hard to operate a car with a clutch so if you learn it then you’re more qualified to drive any transmission car. And you wouldn’t know when you will need this handy skill, better to be knowledgeable in both manual and automatic.
2. Learn How To Check the Oil & Tire Pressures.
Proper tire pressure helps good gas mileage and can extend the tire life but it is sometimes the most ignored concern on our cars. There’s a warning that lists the pressure for both front and rear tires, better check the recommended pressure and make sure you don’t drive with under- or over-inflated tires. Start caring for your tires or else you would be forced to buy a new one and tires can be pretty expensive. Also, learning how to change tires will be helpful especially if you’re alone and don’t have any assistance.
Checking engine oil is quite easy to do, search the engine oil dipstick, pull it out, wipe the oil off with a rag, push back in, then pull out again and check the indication levels to see how far the oil runs up the dipstick. Stay on the mark and make sure you don’t have an under- or overabundance of oil, it can result in harmful issues to your car. Some cars have oil monitors so you can just use them to check your oil.
3. Learn How To Jump-Start a Car Battery.
Learning how to jump-start a car battery is a convenient as well as helpful skill and easy to do. Attaching the red clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery while the other red clamp goes on the positive terminal of the live battery. Then attach the black clamp to the negative terminal of the live battery and the final clamp goes onto an unpainted metal surface on the dead car’s engine block to prevent harmful sparking. Turn on the live car to try to jump-start the dead car and allow it to run for at least a half-hour to charge the battery.
4. Know What The Numbers on Gas Pumps Mean.
Knowing what grade of fuel is a necessary information you need to know for your car as well as the numbers on the pump means. Some cars need diesel, regular unleaded, or premium fuels, so be sure to know what your car needs.
5. Study Owner’s Manual.
Learn and read the owner’s manual to get to know your own car’s parts and features including how to take care of your car like the maintenance schedule, change oil, tires, or hoses. Also, check the dashboard warning lights for any indication when it is unsafe to drive and needs an urgent repair.
6. Be Able to Describe Problems to Your Mechanic.
As a driver, you also should know when your car requires a mechanic for repair. It’s better to observe your to see where the problem lies and tell it to the mechanic in detail so it can be fixed in no time.
7. Keep the Maintenance Regularly.
If you want your car to last for a long time then keeping the maintenance regularly is the best solution. Your car has its maintenance schedule, even every part of it is important so don’t forget to always follow it to maintain the performance and health of your car. A well-conditioned car will prolong the life of your vehicle and it certainly brings joy when driving them.
8. Make an Emergency Kit and Roadside Kit.
When driving especially for a long-distance you should be prepared on what to bring. You can put together an emergency kit in case you will need it in the future, which includes: insurance information, flashlight, tool kit, jumper cables, spare tire, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, and drinking water, or more. It’s better to be prepared on any occasion especially if you don’t have any assistance with you.
As a first-time car owner, you will gradually learn and know how to care for your car. You will have a deep understanding if you take it more seriously and your car will certainly last for long. The reliability of the car, whether it’s a used car or the latest models will depend on how you take care of your car. They may be just a thing that is used for leisure, transportation, or business, but it still needs proper care to make it through months or a few years for you to enjoy riding it. Besides, driving an unconditioned car is harmful not just to yourself but to the pedestrians on the road, so be a responsible car owner and care for your car.
Written by: Esther Abranilla