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Car Service Tips for First-time Drivers

First-time drivers are not particularly car maintenance savvy. Their focus is on the driving experience and their newfound freedom, and the connection between a well-maintained car and their driving experience is yet to sink in. They will of course slowly realise the importance of this connection over time.

If you are reading this article, it is an indication that you want to know something about how to maintain your car or have an interest in understanding the basics of car maintenance.

Did you know regular and timely maintenance and service of your car can reduce accidents, and big repairs, allowing you to save your pocket money for more fun activities? You can chat to someone knowledgeable about the subject for a few pointers or visit a Canberra mechanic for some advice. A quick read of this article will also help you get started.

Check Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of car maintenance, however, it is a key component of your safety. You don’t know when and where you will get caught in the rain. When that happens, you want your wipers working well. Driving in the rain, particularly at night can be extremely dangerous. If your blades are old, replace them because they can also scratch your windshield.

Check Oil Level and Change Oil

Learn how to check the oil level in your car and get into the habit of checking the level regularly. The car owner’s manual should tell you how often you should change your engine oil. The engine is the heart of your car and its components need adequate lubrication to perform well.

Check Battery

A dead battery can be a disaster and leave you stranded without help. Just like with the engine oil, get into the habit of checking your battery charge regularly to avert any problems.

Check Tire Pressure

You may not understand yet that tire pressure has a lot to do with fuel efficiency and vehicle handling. An under-inflated tyre can even result in a tire blowout when travelling at high speed, throwing the vehicle off course. It is not the kind of risk you want to take, so have the tires checked periodically.

Check Brake Pads

Brakes help you stop your car and are one of the most important components related to the safety of your car. Check your brake pads for any wear and tear and have them replaced when you notice they are worn down.

Check Air Filter

The car’s air filter removes impurities from the air that is pushed into the engine. Keeping them clean means, your engine stays clean. Change your filter periodically and have it replaced every 20,000 miles or so. If the air where you usually drive is polluted, you may need to change the air filter sooner.

Check Spark Plugs

The spark plugs in the car have an important part to play in the functioning of your car’s engine. Have them checked periodically like you would the air filter and replace them if they are dying. Healthy spark plugs mean a smother-functioning engine.

the authorTimothyStyons