Everyone remembers their first car. Even if it’s a liability that looks garish and doesn’t quite hold a candle to all those fancy rides you see on the Fast and Furious movies, it’s yours and for many, it represents the first tentative steps into real adulthood. But looking after a car is not as easy as keeping it full of fuel and remembering to run it under the car wash every few weeks. It’s a major commitment that deserves respect.
With that in mind, here are a few of the tips you might want to keep in your glove compartment for the first few years as you come to terms with your new responsibility.
1. Keep It Clean
A clean car is a happy car. It can be so easy to allow crisp packets and cans of pop to start littering the floor and it’s not just grubby, it’s actually quite dangerous. What, for example, if a rogue bottle finds its way underneath the clutch? Messy cars are unsafe and unsavory so maintain the interior and remember to give the exterior a good wash every few weeks too.
2. Change The Oil Regularly
Filling up is something that will come naturally to you as you literally can’t go anywhere without fuel. When it comes to changing your oil, however, it can be tempting to just leave it until it’s absolutely necessary. But while your car can continue running without an oil change it won’t be running very well and it will eventually break down. An oil change is a very quick and cost-effective job anyway and you’ll notice the difference almost instantly in how the car drives.
3. Check Your Tyres and Battery
It’s incredibly important to check the condition and pressure of your tyres regularly. If the tyre pressure is too high or too low then it will not only mean your tyres don’t last as long, it will also make your car less safe. As far as the battery is concerned, meanwhile, you’ll want to regularly check that the battery fluid is topped up and that the battery itself is free of corrosion. If your car is taking too long to start then it might need to be charged manually. Investing in a portable battery charger might not be the worst idea if you find this happening a little too often.
4. Be Aware Of The Warning Signs
Your car will generally let you know when there’s something wrong but if you don’t know what to look for then you might miss some key warning signs. If the dashboard warning light is flashing, you hear strange noises, the car tends to drift to one side over the other or you feel any odd vibrations then you need to get it checked out ASAP and take care of your car.
5. Get Good Car Insurance
There’s no getting around the fact that car insurance is costly for new drivers. But don’t go for the cheapest deal just because it’s affordable. Shop around and see if you can afford car insurance that will actually benefit you and your pride and joy.