The Basics of Car Care – What Every Driver Needs to Know

When most people invest in their first car, they see potential and the chance to get out and do their own thing – often for the first time in their lives. However, there are some basics of car care that everyone needs to know even if they do not consider themselves to be complete car lovers. Let’s take a look at what you need to know as a car owner.

What Fuel Does the Car Need?

You would be surprised at the sheer number of people who don’t know whether their car needs petrol or diesel. However, this is one thing that can really quickly destroy your vehicle’s engine. If you think you have put the wrong fuel in your car, you are advised to pull over and call for rescue as soon as possible.

Don’t think that you can just choose an electric car and be fine. You still need to make sure that you have the right adaptors with you. If you do, you can be certain that you are going to be able to pull into any charging point and charge your car’s batteries in the blink of an eye.

Tire Wear and Tear

Far too many people drive around on tires that are not fit for purpose. We tend to buy a car and not really think about the tires when they are actually an incredibly important part of the vehicle. If the tires are not in good working order, we can run into serious trouble on the roads.

You should always be checking to see if your tires are properly inflated. You don’t want them to be too flat, but likewise you don’t want them to be overinflated as this puts you in danger of bursting one of them.

Drivers also need to pay attention to the wear on their tires, especially if they live in a temperate climate that can have cold and icy winters. With tires that are too worn down, you run the risk of skidding and having a serious accident. Whenever winter rolls around, you need to look at your tires and potentially think about replacing them. According to the advice on, improving your tire rotation can significantly improve your car’s handling and the life of the tires.  This will help you save money in the long run, so make sure you visit a tire repair center to get them sorted.

Push Start the Car

If you are out somewhere and your battery dies, you need to make sure that you are able to get the car moving again. There are several ways to do so and it could give you enough juice to either get home or get to a repair garage where you can pick up a new battery.

The first technique is called a push-start and you will need the help of someone else to do this. This only works for manual or stick shift transmissions too. If you can hear the engine turning over, you know that this is a method that will work. Put the car into first or second gear and then release the brakes. One person (or two if you have a big car) will need to start to push to bring the car up to speed. The driver then needs to release the clutch slowly, and this should start the engine.

Jumpstarts are Handy Too

The other method of getting a car moving is a jumpstart, and this is useful if you have an automatic car but the battery is dead. You will need another vehicle and a pair of jumper cables to do this, so it is handy to have some in the back of your car. Make sure the engines of both cars are completely off. Attach the red jumper cables to the positive terminals of the two cars. Then attach the black cable to the negative battery terminal of the working car and an unpainted metal surface in the other car. Start the engine of the booster car and let it run and then try the engine of the flat car to see that it is now working. Leave the engines for about ten minutes and then switch both engines off to disconnect the cables.

Learn Basic Car Care Now

A car is a piece of heavy machinery that you need to study well before you can start driving it. Therefore, it is your duty as a car owner to ensure that you are indeed able to properly manage it. Take the time to learn more about your car and what it will take for you to look after it. An improperly managed car can be a hazard for both its driver and other road users. Whether you are stopping by your local mechanic’s for a quick chat and debrief or you are asking a family member who is more in the know, there are plenty of people you can turn to.


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