Things Every Car Owner Should Know

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 4 months ago

    Getting a new car can be the best thing for you as a young adult. Being able to have independence on the road is something which can make a big impact on your life both at home and work and will allow you to live your life and find many opportunities for fun and growth along the way. 


    If you are a new car owner, there are a lot of things you will want to learn, and here are some of the essential things you need to know as a car owner. 



    How to act after an accident


    The worst thing you can go through as a car owner is an accident. This is something which is unlikely to happen, however it is something that can happen on rare occasions. Make sure that you know what needs to be done when you get in an accident. After an accident always try to take photos, get information from witnesses, and contact an Auto Accident Attorney to help you get compensation. The more information you can gather at the scene, the better it will be. 



    How to change a tyre 


    Changing a tyre is one of those things you might need to do on the road on a rare occasion. It can be a daunting prospect if your tyre ever bursts on the road, but changing it is easier than you think. Depending on the car, you will be able to find the instructions for changing a tyre in the car manual and this will show you a step by step guide. It is super easy, will only take a few minutes, and you’ll be back on the road in no time. 



    How to check tyre pressures


    Your tyre pressure will have a real effect on your grip on the road as well as the steering of the car. It is important for you to check the tyre pressure when the tyres are cold, and use your car manual to find the recommended pressure for each of the tyres. Make sure to use a good pressure gauge when checking the pressure, and inflate them as needed. 



    How to check your oil


    The oil in your car acts as a lubricant between the find parts of the car and helps it to run smoothly without issues. You always need to have a good level of oil in the car to keep it running smooth and it is easy to check for it. Look for the oil tank in the car and pull out the dipstick. Wipe it with a cloth to clean it and then dip it into the tank. Take it out and make sure that the level is between the minimum and maximum lines. 



    How to park 


    Parallel, reverse, or forward parking are all essential skills for a driver, and you need to know how to do them all:

    • Parallel - line up with a car on the left, make one full turn left and reverse. Straighten the wheel and reverse back until you are close to the kerb. Turn the wheel fully to the right, and reverse into the space. 

    • Reverse - choose your space and count four lines. These lines will include both of the lines of the bay you want to reverse into, plus the next to. Pull up next to the fourth line, put your car into reverse and turn the wheel, and you should be able to get into the space. 

    • Forward - use your shoulder to line up in the middle of the bay, turn the wheel fully, and drive in.

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