Teaching New Drivers Basic Car CareSeptember 11, 2018 4:07 pm
All drivers should know a few things when they start out driving. As with most things in life, the more information we pick up along the way, the more money we can save in the end by taking care of simple fixes ourselves. At U Pull & Pay, we believe in creating a generation of competent and knowledgeable drivers that are capable of taking care of all of the basics of car ownership. Here are a few basic tips to teach anyone who is just starting out as a new driver:
Checking the Oil
This may seem redundant to many people, but checking your oil regularly can keep your engine running smoothly and efficiently. Engine oil that has sat in an engine for too long or been exposed to intense elements like heat can separate and create sludge and grime. This sludge will back up your engine, making your car less fuel efficient and more likely to emit more smog and pollution. This means that keeping your oil levels at a good level is not only good for your car, it is good for the environment!
Tires are one of the easiest things to notice wear and tear on, yet many of us overlook these fearing a large expense. At U Pull & Pay, we proudly offer the best prices in town on tires that you can hand pick yourself. Learning how to change a tire is an immensely helpful skill, we’ve all heard the nightmare stories of people getting stranded in the middle of nowhere with a flat tire. This information can really get you out of some sticky situations.
It is important to understand the basic care for timing belts. Unlike many components of your car, it is not important to understand the function of each of these belts, but it is very important to know when it is time to change out the belt. If your car has a timing chain, this information is unnecessary to learn. Regular belt maintenance can save thousands of dollars, as a timing belt breaking at highway speeds will require an entire engine change. Learning when to replace your timing belt will save your time, money, and stress.
Learning how to read gauges and warning lights efficiently can save you both time and money. You don’t want your new driver to pull over and immediately panic over something small. Conversely, you don’t want them to be driving around with a critical problem that is only getting worse the further they go. Oftentimes these gauges are very simple and easy to understand, so a quick crash course should be all that’s needed.
If you are looking to teach a new driver the basics of car care, there is nothing like showing them the repairs first hand. Pick up some parts at your local U Pull & Pay and get started showing them how easy car care can be. Maintenance is always more cost efficient than repairs, so give them the foundation they need to make both of your lives easier in the long run.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling