Can you imagine a world without cars? Even if you are not a fan of them, automobiles are the things that currently run our world. Without vehicles we would not have online shopping, a lot of work options and car shipping possibilities, or… well, seriously – anything.
But then again, cars are pretty complicated for many people. There are some things that are just downright frustrating with them. That is why today we are going to focus on 5 important things you need to know about cars. That way you will know a thing or two about them, and perhaps be a bit more at ease. Shall we start?
Thing #1: Oil Change Is A Thing
Regular car maintenance is crucial. But one of the most important aspects of it is oil change. Are you familiar with it? A lot of people do not change their oil when they should, because they are unfamiliar with the entire process (or even the necessity for it). Luckily, yearly maintenance checks would catch that usually, but still – if you drive your car a lot, you’d need oil changes more regularly than that.
A general rule of thumb is to change your oil every 5 to 7 thousand miles or so. This varies depending on the vehicle and for some newer vehicles you can go up to 10 thousand miles without a need to change the oil. However, don’t take that for granted, and check with your manufacturer’s recommendations.
Thing #2: Stick Shift Is Not Dead… Yet
Younger folks nowadays dread the stick shift. That is not without reason. Frankly, no one even teaches them how to drive it correctly, and there are fewer and fewer people who can actually do it. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your best to learn it.
Stick shift is not dead yet, and you do not know when there will be an emergency where you could step up if you only know how to drive stick. So why not learn it?
Thing #3: Changing A Tire Is Not A Big Deal
Too many people have no idea how to change a tire. Seriously, it drives me crazy, but this isn’t as complicated as people make it out to be. You just need the proper tools, which can easily fit at the back of your car. There is no need to call a tow truck next time you get a flat tire.
Bonus: Cars Have Character
Not all cars feel the same. Actually each one is a bit different and has a character of its own. When you buy a new car, you should not assume that all your driving expertise all of a sudden transfers over. Instead, drive more conservatively and consider the possibility that maybe you are not that good at driving this particular vehicle just yet.
It is a good idea to treat driving a new car as if you are a new driver altogether. Be overly alert and pay attention to the little details that can ruin your day.