A car is not an investment that you can buy and just forget about it. If you want your investment to last, you need to spend some more time and attention on it. Here are some essential car maintenance tips that every woman should know to keep their car safe and on the road.
Care For Your Windshield Wiping System
Getting caught in the rain or snow without effective proper windshield wipers or enough wiper fluid is dangerous. However, it is easy to take care of these maintenance tasks by yourself. First, check the windshield wiper fluid reservoir every other time you fill up your car with fuel, and top it up when you notice that it is starting to get low. You can also wait for the indicator light to come on. Keep a bottle of wiper fluid in your car for when this happens.
Make sure you replace your windshield wiper blades when they start to get old. When the wiper blades aren’t clearing the window well, it’s time to change them. Go to an auto store that sells car parts, or a site like holden parts, and ask an employee which blades you need, then follow the instructions on the packaging to fix them. It’s simple and cheap to do and keeps your visibility clear.
Look After Your Tires
Without good tires, you aren’t going to be driving anywhere. Learn how to check the tire pressure. Your car’s owner’s manual will tell you what the proper tire pressure is for your car. Make sure you regularly check the pressure and get your tires pumped when they need it. Proper tire inflation will make your driving more comfortable, improve fuel economy, and reduce the risk of getting a flat tire. A flat tire can happen to anyone, so it is important to learn how to change one. This is a lot less complicated than you might think, but it is a good idea to practice at home before you have to do it on the side of the road. Being able to get the spare tire onto your car if you have a flat can save you the cost of a tow truck.
Learn How To Jumpstart A Car
Do you know how to use jumper cables? If you can’t get your car started and the headlights and interior lights are dim, then it’s likely an old battery is a problem. A jump start from a car with a fully charged battery will give you the chance to drive somewhere to buy a new one. Here’s how to safely jumpstart your car.
- Place the cars next to each other and turn both off completely.
- Connect the positive terminal of the dead car to the red wire on the jumper cable, and then do the same on the other car.
- Connect the black clamp to the negative terminal on the good battery, then attach the other black clamp to a piece of grounded metal on the dead car, such as a bolt near the battery. You can connect it to the negative terminal, but this is riskier.
- Start the good car, then the dead car, and let both run for about five minutes.
Take good care of your brakes
Brakes wear & tear is really common, so it is important that you take good care of yours to ensure that they do not fail. You can do this by not braking so harshly, having less weight in your vehicle, and having your car services regularly amongst other things.