In a country like ours and a city where there is so much stress on vehicles and a good number of the roads are horrible its no surprise when one sees a damsel in distress every now and then, Most women do not know anything about cars, besides the fact that it can get them from point A to point B. It doesn’t have to be that way. As a woman, you ought to know a few basic things about your car. That way you won’t get overwhelmed in case you get a problem on the road.
We have put together the most basic things that you should know about your car:
- Know how your car works:
You should know how your car handles and the sounds/smells it produces. Engine sounds (and smells) are the first indicator that something is wrong with your car. Listen for subtle changes in the sound of your car. They could be creaky, shaky sounds or sounds of your engine straining. At times, this may be caused by low fuel levels or oil. When this happens, you’ll need to visit a repair shop before the problem gets worse.
- It is important to check your parking spot.
Always make an inspection of the place where your car is parked. You might find that oil has leaked and left a black patch on the floor. You can also identify whether your tires are properly inflated. Doing this helps you identify future problems before they happen.
- Always pay attention to detail.
Women are good at paying attention to detail so this shouldn’t be that hard. In most cases, a car will give you signs that something is not working well. Most of these indicators are on the dashboard. For example, you might notice that the temperature indicator is off long before your car overheats. Please monitor your car operating conditions by observing the lights on your dashboard.
- Always check your oil and water levels.
It is imperative that you check your oil and water levels every day, before you set off. Your oil should be smooth and clean. If it is dark and dirty, then your car is overdue for an oil change. Checking your car’s water levels ensures that your radiator (what cools the engine) has enough supply to prevent the car from overheating.
- Don’t tailgate:
You should keep a good distance between your car and the car in front of you. Keeping a good distance gives you ample time to react in case the car ahead of you suddenly brakes. During bad weather, have as much distance as possible between you and the next car. While doing this, be careful not to get bumped by the car behind you.
- Learn some simple maintenance procedures:
Even though you don’t (or you have never) had a flat tire before, it is important that you learn how to do it. Go it over with your mechanic, friend or relative. Know the required tools and how to use them. Some of these simple procedures can be found in your car manual, for example, changing a fuse. The best part is that you might have a lot fun while at it!
- Learn some automotive jargon:
Okay, you don’t have to know everything to the last bolt. But it is good to know some basic automotive words. They make it easier to explain to the mechanic exactly what you need. Also, they make you look cool and informed!
- Cleanliness is everything:
Most car problems are created by accumulation of dirt in certain areas. Now, you don’t have to necessarily go under your hood. But it is important to at least keep the car interior clean. This gives your car a fresh, comfy feel and keeps it in tip top condition.
As you have observed, you don’t need advanced technical skills to take care of your car. If you follow the above tips, you’ll be perfect on the road.