10 Jul

A car (or automobile) is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transportation. Most definitions of car say they run primarily on roads, seat one to eight people, have four tires, and mainly transport people rather than goods.[2][3]

A car is one of the things you will use most frequently in your life. It is not only about driving - they require maintenance. Drivers need to learn how to take care of a motor vehicle to make sure it is safe, in good condition, and running properly for the longest time possible. A car not taken care of can cause consequences nobody likes, including a lot of money to spend on repairs.

1 - Learn how to check the pressure in all of the tires and keep a tire pressure gauge in the car so you can check it at least monthly. Under inflated tires cause many accidents. An under inflated tire can be torn off the rim when cornering hard causing a serious crash. 

2 - Remember that the oil in the engine needs to be changed regularly. Check the owners manual for guidance. It is recommended to change the oil every 3,000 miles (4,800 km).

3 - Air filters should also be replaced periodically. Dirty oil and dirty air filters will allow dirt into the engine and scar the inside of the engine making wear out much faster and cause early and very expensive engine failure. 

4 - Your brakes should be visually inspected at least once every year. Brake shoes eventually wear out just like the soles of your walking shoes. When they wear all the way through it can cause damage to the brake rotor that can be expensive to fix. Even though they stop the car effectively the shoes could be very thin and start damaging the brakes any time so check them visually when rotating your tires. 

5 - Learn how to check the vital fluids in your own car for your own safety.These are easy to check on most cars by opening the engine compartment:

  • Oil
  • Coolant/Anti-freeze
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Windshield wiper fluid.
  • If they are low they should be topped off. If they keep getting low you might have a leak. Check your parking spot for drips.

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