Car maintenance tips for new drivers

By Leslie Rhodes

September 23, 2018

A person’s driving style is important when it comes to safety, but vehicle maintenance is equally important. Caring for your car can help prevent or reduce the driver’s chances of being involved in an accident. Maintaining your car is also good for the environment, and it saves the driver money for fueling and avoiding expensive repairs.

A simple routine check on your vehicle can go a long way to prevent issues that are more serious in the future. For instance, it is essential to check all the car tires to make sure that they are properly inflated. You can check the air pressure with a tire gauge to determine if it is safe to drive. If your tires are not inflated properly, you could be stranded on the road with a flat tire. Also, when your tires are not properly inflated, they will wear out faster. This means that the driver will have to change them more often than necessary. A vehicle can consume more gas when it isn’t correctly inflated.

Drivers also need to change their oil filters and motor oil. Vehicles have so many moving parts, and these parts need to be lubricated to prevent any damage. After a while, the oil breaks down and is contaminated with debris and dust. This is why the oil needs to be changed after at least three months. Most car manufacturers recommend good oil products for drivers to use.

It is crucial to check the power steering and transmission coolant, and brake fluid from time to time. Also, remember to clean the lights, mirrors, and windows as they will improve safety. Where a driver cannot perform maintenance on the vehicle, a mechanic can be involved. The mechanic will also handle other more complex maintenance steps such as replacing brakes, spark plugs and timing belt.

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