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Car Maintenance 101: 5 Life-Saving Tricks Ladies Should Know

Chloe Guest Post July 2020

We’re surrounded by helpful tech and different software solutions that simplify our daily lives to a great extent.

There’s an app for practically anything you envision, be it ordering food, checking your skincare routine, all the way to buying clothes and books. Alas, we still need to learn different skills to take great care of our minds, bodies, and of course, possessions!

Ladies, when you’re a driver figuring out a brand-new make and model, or you’re overwhelmed with so many features new cars often have, there are still those essential car-care tips to master. Knowing those will help you stay independent whenever you hit the road. Especially when you  organize one of your vital girlfriend getaways. Here are a few handy bits of advice for ladies to take better care of your ride and greet the road better prepared for any eventuality!

Learn How To Handle A Flat Tire

This could be the greatest pet peeve for all lady drivers, but with today’s modern equipment and no-hassle cars, you don’t have to fear a flat tire on the road. Use your hazards to make sure everyone else on the road knows you’re stranded. Practice using the jack to elevate your car into a safe position, and you can always ask your mechanic for guidance before you head out for a road trip to revise.

Learn how to loosen and remove all the lug nuts and use the wrench with ease. In time, this process will become so simple, that even if you do ever have to change a flat, you won’t find it nearly as stressful as you’d assume.

Always Schedule Regular Maintenance

One of the smartest, most prudent things you can do for your car is to have someone else take a close, thorough look at it. Regular maintenance is vital for smooth, safe driving, and everything from regular car washing to applying protective car wax can make all the difference for the longevity of your car.

Some types of maintenance, such as cleaning should be done more frequently, be it weekly or biweekly, whereas other minor repairs and checks can be done twice per year. Ask your mechanic, make sure that you always book your maintenance ahead of time, and you’ll protect your car for years on end.

Know The Emergency Procedure

Whether you get a flat tire, run out of gas, or anything else unforeseen occurs on the road; you should know precisely how to safely pull over your car to the side of the road, and call for assistance. This will help you and other drivers on the road stay safe. Since many people can get easily distracted, it’s up to you to turn on your hazard lights., And, use your triangle warning set to indicate your position to other drivers. Once you’re all set, make the necessary arrangements and you’ll stay safe until help arrives.

Get To Know The Manual Of Your Car

Each manufacturer provides you with a set of specifications that your car has. This should help you take good care of your vehicle at all times. As a lady driver, you should get to know your car well before you start using it for any long rides into the unknown.

It’s helpful to have an idea of how frequently certain maintenance is necessary. And, your manual will help you recognize any warning signs that the car isn’t safe to drive until it’s looked at by a professional. The more you know, the easier it becomes to enjoy driving your car!

Check The Fluids Regularly

If you’re an experienced driver, you already know that you should never let your car run out of fuel. Especially when you’re exploring the countryside, with not too many gas stations nearby. However, in addition to gas, you should also know about a few other vital car fluids to keep an eye on. And, what roles they play in keeping your car running smoothly and safely.

The simplest of all, the washer fluid, will give you a clear line of sight through the windshield. So, it’s important to keep it topped off at all times. Then again, the radiator fluid ensures temperature control for the engine. While brake fluid keeps your brakes smooth and functional. Engine oil, as the term implies, lubricates the engine itself. Lastly, the transmission fluid allows for smooth gear changing and prevents long-term car trouble. Always use a designated tool to measure these fluids and to replace and refill them when needed.

Regular Maintenance Is Key

Regular maintenance is half the battle, especially when you have a trusty mechanic on your speed-dial. However, mastering a few of these car-care hacks will give you the needed peace of mind whenever you feel adventurous, or you’re simply going to pick up your groceries for the week. There’s no need to know every little intricate detail of your vehicle to be an independent lady driver. A little can truly go a long way to ensure a safe and comfortable ride for yourself.

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About the Author:

Chloe is a graduated journalist and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Besides all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.