New Drivers Are Missing An Important Lesson
These days in the driving education world, instructors are singularly focused on teaching the basics of operating a vehicle. All eyes are on parallel parking, drunk driving, and traffic violations, and new drivers certainly are learning a lot from it. But what they aren’t learning is how to take care of their cars.
According to the Car Care Council, an authority on car maintenance, more and more drivers don’t know the basics of keeping their vehicles operational. While everyone knows to keep an eye on their oil, they aren’t checking other important fluids in their engine coolant, brake, transmission, power steering, and windshield washer systems. They are, with the possible exception of windshield washer fluid, equally as crucial to your car as oil is.
Every now and then, car owners should take a peek under their hood. Every belt and hose should be closely inspected for holes or cracks. As your car ages, these components will eventually break down and need to be replaced. If you keep an eye out for that, you can fix the problem before it leaves you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Brakes, suspension, and tires should also receive some inspection as they also need routine maintenance.
For a full list of car maintenance tips, grab a free copy of the Car Care Council’s guide.