Whether you’re a new driver or have been on the road for decades, there are a few necessities that are true for all drivers:
- Drive safely.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Obtain good car insurance.
- Don’t fall victim to road rage.
- Know how to do basic repairs on your vehicle.
It’s the last one that tends to give many a driver a pause. There’s a good reason for that, too; just because you can drive a car doesn’t necessarily mean that you understand how they work. Furthermore, it’s not a great idea to mess around with the mechanics of your motor if you don’t truly understand what you’re doing; one mistake could be enough to cause an accident. Due to a combination of the former and fear of the latter, many drivers have a tendency to outsource all of their repairs to qualified mechanics.
However… this gets expensive. Fast. If you can’t do the basics on your car, then you’re going to find that car ownership is far more expensive than it has to be. Learning a little about keeping your car running can save you a fortune over the years, so it’s definitely worth considering a little self-education. Start with the three tasks below, and then maybe one day you’ll get to a point where you can fix minor problems, source your own supplies from Solomotoparts, and even modify your car without the help of a mechanic– but first things first!
Every Driver Should… Be Able To Change A Tire
If you’re going to have to call down a breakdown company to change the tire every time you get a puncture, you’re going to waste a lot of time– and the breakdown company might eventually charge you for too many callouts.
Learning to change a tire is easier than it looks. Watch a few YouTube videos
on the subject, then give it a go. If you’re nervous about whether you managed to do it correctly, then you can ask a mechanic to look over your handiwork the first time you attempt it.
Every Driver Should… Be Able To Check The Oil Level
It’s essential you check your oil on a regular basis, but so few drivers actually do this as directed. This is particularly strange, given that it’s incredibly easy to check your oil. In fact, the system is designed to be easy so that everyone can do it.
Learn how to check the oil level in your car and then set a reminder on your phone so that you remember to do it regularly.
Every Driver Should… Be Able To Remove Light Scratches
Scratches in paintwork are an eternal annoyance, but you don’t need to take your car for specialist attention to remove them. There’s plenty of advice online about removing car scratches, so give it a go rather than handing the task over to a professional.
By learning the above, you can save yourself a fortune and make your car easier to drive in the long run; win/win for both you and your wallet.