The experience of buying a new car builds up immense excitement in people. There is a feeling that comes with it that can best be explained only by experience. It starts from the first time that you sit in the car to the new car smell that welcomes you and reminds you that this car is yours until when you eventually drive off for the first time. Also, the feeling that no else have used the car before you can make you happy. And of course, the new car is expected to be more durable and reliable.
However, to keep this excitement of buying a new car, you have to understand how to maintain your new car to make it last longer.
The average person spends a significant time in their car driving from one place to another. Therefore, you must get yourself familiar with your car if you want to get the best from it. Start by sitting in your car until you get comfortable with it. Ask questions from your car dealer about anything that you do not know about the car.
Another important thing that you must do is to go through the car manual. The car manual tells you what to do and not to do. Getting to know your car helps you know what it takes to make it last longer because you know what it needs. For example, you will know the recommended oils and fluids as well as the function of each part of the car.
Another important tip to make your car last longer is to regularly check your tire pressure. Keep the pressure at the recommended level at all time. If the pressure is too low, it can easily lead to wear and tear and if the pressure is too high, it may lead to a mishap. Overinflated tires are responsible for most tire-related accidents.
There are warning lights that you must get familiar with as you start driving your car. Learn what the various warning lights on the dashboard stand for to ensure your safety and to be able to identify various problems at their early stage and fix them to avoid mishaps.
Some of the common warning lights include the engine temperature warning light. There is also the battery charge warning light to indicate that the car charging system is short of power. Another one is the oil pressure warning light to indicate the loss of oil pressure and the brake warning light that shows that the hand brake is on and may also help you identify if the hydraulic pressure has been lost.
The importance of the engine cannot be overemphasized and anything that affects the engine affects the car. Always keep the engine clean to ensure smooth functioning and avoid expensive repair cost. Use clean and recommended fuel for your engine and always watch out for any oil leakage from the engine to ensure that it doesn’t lead to any problem. Oil lubricates your engine and shortage of it can make the engine to become too hot.
Driving can be fun and you can easily be carried away moving at high speed. However, this fun can suddenly end when you realize that there is no means for you to stop your moving car because you did not check your brake fluid before driving.
The brake requires brake fluid to function properly and without the fluid, your brake can stop working. You can know the recommended level from the user manual and ensure that you change it regularly.
Although this is not something you may have to do every time is important to ensure that you clean your battery regularly. With time, the connection terminal can accumulate dirt and this will affect the flow of electric current. Disconnect the battery starting with the negative terminal and then the positive terminal to cut off electric supply and clean the terminals carefully. Reconnect it starting with the positive terminal this time and then the negative terminal.
Your car doesn’t have to break down before you take it to an expert to inspect it. Your car can be in a good working condition but an inspection by an expert may help you prevent potential damage. The recommended time to visit an expert whether your car is faulty or not is after 12 months or after 10,000 to 15,000 miles.
Finally, you can maintain your car by driving responsibly. Remember that driving responsibly will not only help your car to last longer but also ensure that your life is safe. Always maintain the speed limit and respect the traffic rules and regulations.