When it comes to the maintenance of a vehicle many are unsure on what they need to be looking out for. When you learn how to drive, you find out the rules of the road and how to make the car move and ways to drive according to certain traffic situations. You also get to have a quick run through of some of the main components underneath the bonnet, but not how to make changes to the car.
You read up in the theory on some things such as how to check the tyre tread depth and what the legal limit should be, but reading isn’t enough. Putting things into practice is how you properly learn and how it will most stick in your mind. If you really wanted to remember the best ways of what things were in your car, you could even take a photo and label them. Something that isn’t taught is how you would change a tyre. The majority wouldn’t have a clue on how to actually do this but in emergency situations it could be a key skill to acquire.
Another basic change would be putting new windscreen wipers on your vehicle. This is an easier job than changing a tyre yet some people would still ask a friend or family member or take it to a garage. Of course if you are totally unsure then this is a safer option as you do not want to damage any parts of your vehicle. Some things everybody should know how to do, and again it is just putting practice into place.
After learning what different parts are underneath the bonnet you should revisit them so you know which are which for definite. Water is a highly important commodity and should be topped up regularly especially during the winter time. Also add in some anti freeze in the winter to make sure that the water does not freeze, it is not good to find this out when you are driving along and could cause an accident due to poor vision.
When it comes to unusual noises or something does not feel right then do not hesitate to take it to a garage, it is always best to be safe than sorry. Looking after your vehicle is all part of the driving experience and keeping it in top condition and making necessary checks should mean it has as long a life as possible.