Things Young Car Owners Should Know About Their Cars (Part 2)

In Things Young Car Owners Should Know About Their Cars (Part 1), I took up things that young car owners should know about their cars such as changing a tire, checking the tire pressures, checking the oil. Today, there are more things you need to know.

Parallel parking

Perhaps, you have not done this after your driver’s education so let us discuss this a bit more. Just pull side by side your car before the empty space you like. Slowly reverse backward, and cautiously do a very sharp turn to the right midway the other car. Go on backing up little by little, and then, do a sharp turn again back to the left side once you see that there is enough space between your car and the car in front of you. Once you have positioned yourself, just adjust a bit forward or backward making sure that there is ample space between you and the other car. That’s it!

Control a slide

During wet or snowy weather, your brakes could lock-up that will cause your car to slide frantically. Release the brake pedal to permit the wheels to voluntarily turn. Push down to impede the turning rubber mass. Do this again until such time that it stops. If yours has anti-lock brakes, tramp and stop and do it again.

Getting loosephotography of woman holding side mirror in white and green 2-door pickup truck

For sure, a lot of you saw snow this winter. So, if you got trapped in it, just drive forward and backward, forward and backward to make a space from the snow and to obtain a few grip. You should not use an all-out speed as it might just bury you deeper in the snow. If you have something that you can use like say rubber floor or cardboard maybe, you can put this under your tires to secure a good grip to be loose from being trapped in the snow.

Warm up

You do not have to do a warm up for 5 to 10 minutes like what your dad or grandpa used to tell you. Just start your car and let the engine’s oil get running and step on the gas pedal to the floor and go!

Tell the mechanic everything

Describe in full.  That is the secret of knowing what is exactly wrong with your car so that your mechanic will not spend so much time looking for the problem. It saves time, effort, and money.

Remember to pass on the left

Always use the left side when passing in multi-lane road or highway. Of course, this differs from country to country, but as far as the U.S. is concern, this is a must.

Verify fluid levels

Your car has windscreen sprayers that need liquid, radiators that has to have coolant, fluid is a need of brakes and transmissions. You can read your manual to know where the filling place is.

Know how to jump-start your car battery

This is one thing you should really learn. Make sure that you have a jumper cables kept in your trunk at all times. If your car’s battery dies down on you, turn off your car and the second car, where you will get some battery power. Open your trunk and put the red clamp to the positive terminal to your dead battery. Put the other red clamp to the live battery of the other car. Meanwhile, the black clamp goes to the negative terminal. So now, return to your dead battery. Put the black clamp to the surface that is unpainted metal on the dead vehicle’s block. Turn on the car that has a live battery and jump-start your car. Let it run for at least 30 minutes to have battery support.

As a young new car owner, you need to look for a dependable auto shop. Bring your vehicle to  Chaney’s Collision Center. Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, you can now call Chaney’s Collision Center at (623) 915-2886 in order to schedule car repairs ahead of time.