Hey guys! I have recently started to learn to drive. The lack of self-confidence and the fear of car break down midway has lagged me behind in the driving game. Also, I am always on the lookout for more information about my car engineering, driving rules, dos & donts in a car emergency.
Behind the steering wheel, along with having the freedom of owning the machinery and the adrenalin rush of knowing that it’s all on you, there’s a big responsibility on the driver towards the vehicle, the road and of course of one’s own safety. A well-tended and regularly maintained car, truck, or van is certainly more likely to be a lot safer for young and old drivers alike.
Having fundamental knowledge about the inner workings and basic maintenance of your automobile, you gain confidence and begin to become more reliable friends of the road. There is a lot more in driving ex: parallel parking, not tailgating, giving the way to pedestrians and the lost goes on.
I have compiled this blog post with few of the things that I feel are essential for every car driver to know.
1. How to check the tire tread.
Driving on overly worn tires can be dangerous and can wreak havoc on other areas of a well-functioning vehicle. If your tires do not have enough tread, then it will take longer for your automobile to come to a complete stop. To check the tread on your tires, all you need is a quarter. Merely insert the edge of the coin into the tread, head side upside down. If you can see George Washington’s wig, then your tread is overly worn, and it is a good indicator it might be time to purchase some new tires.
2. How to check your fluid levels.
The engine, brakes, windshield wipers, and radiator are just a few of the instruments and fundamental systems which rely on adequate fluid levels to perform at their best. Understanding how to read fluid levels and request assistance when necessary is imperative to maintain the longevity of your vehicle. On average, you should have your vehicle’s fluid levels checked every six months.
3. How to Replace a Tire.
You never know when you will find yourself stranded on the side of the road with an emergency flat tire. Drivers should always have a spare tire handy in case the situation warrants its use, but you need more than just the equipment. You also need the know-how to replace the tire. DMV.org created a clear how-to guide in case you ever need to reference it in an emergency situation.
4. How to jump start your vehicle.
Almost every driver will, at one time or another, need to jumpstart their car. Forgetting to turn off the reading lights, your headlights, leaving the door open, or just allowing your car to sit idle without starting it for long periods of time can lead to a weak battery. To jump a vehicle make sure both ignitions are off, then attach the red clips to the positive terminal on each battery. Place one of the black clips on the negative terminal of the working vehicle and the other black clip on a clean, unpainted metal surface under the disabled car’s hood. Next, start the ignition of the working car and run it for 2-3 minutes. Remove all the cables in the reverse order and leave the previously stalled car running for 30 or more minutes.
5. How to ask for help.
It is okay to admit when you need the assistance of others, especially when dealing with such intricate mechanisms like cars, trucks, or vans. There are a lot of moving parts and pieces which can be very confusing to a novice driver. Relying on the expertise and advice of automobile professionals will provide you with reassurance knowing you always have a team to aid you with your car maintenance. Finding someone you trust is essential.
D.W. Campbell Tire & Service, has been in the automotive and tire business since 1985. During the span of over 30 years, they have built a reputation of trust amongst their customers. Located in Kennesaw, Georgia their friendly staff is full of ASE certified technicians who will give you honest and straightforward feedback regarding the ongoing upkeep of your vehicle. They are experts in all aspects of a car from its front fender to its back bumper, and D.W. Campbell Tire & Service takes tremendous pride in partnering with their customers to improve their driving experience.
Let me know some of your Emergency Kit Essentials or Car Driving Tips which can come in handy. Drive Safe, friends!