It’s pretty easy these days to lose track of just how truly amazing cars really are. When they first burst upon the world scene, back in the day, the only serious competitor they had was the time-honoured horse and wagon, at least in terms of personal transportation options.
Within a few short years, cars had transformed much of the way in which people lived their lives, and today, owning a car is considered a rite of passage by many eager teenagers who want the personal freedom to move around at their own pace, and go where they like.
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There are plenty of benefits to driving your own car, as opposed to relying entirely on public transport or lifts from others. But balanced against those benefits, is the fact that it takes work, attention, and money to keep your car in decent condition – especially as a new driver.
Here are a few basic tips for new drivers who want to avoid common pitfalls, and keep their cars in decent condition.
Take the time to really master the arts of bay, reverse, and parallel parking
Knowing how to park properly is a big deal. This may sound like an obvious, asinine point, but you’d be amazed how many experienced drivers are still pretty terrible at this fundamental part of car ownership.
As a new driver, you should really take the time to master the arts of bay, reverse, and parallel parking.
The better able you are to park effectively, the more likely that your car will be safe.
Firstly, because you are less likely to leave it in vulnerable and exposed locations so much. Secondly, because many cars sustain serious damage due to scraping against walls and barriers in indoor parking lots, colliding with curbs, or bumping against other cars, during botched parking operations.
Learn the basics of DIY auto repair
Once upon a time, it was a pretty standard thing for people to be their own mechanics, and to handle just about all of their automotive upkeep on their own.
Today, as new cars become increasingly more high-tech, this is less in the realm of possibility than before.
Nonetheless, you should certainly know the basics of DIY auto repair, as there is a lot of upkeep work you can do on your own that can save you money, time, and stress as a result.
Try to have a decent understanding of the different working parts in a car, so that you can differentiate the quality of parts such as EBC brakes, relative to cheaper competitor goods. Of course, it goes without saying that you should know how to change a tire.
Take some pride in your vehicle – clean it regularly, take it out regularly, and attend to its needs on a regular basis
Cars that are neglected tend to fare pretty badly, and fall apart in short order.
For one thing, leaving your car parked for long stretches, without taking it out on the road, naturally causes it to deteriorate. Much like a living creature that needs exercise, your car needs to be taken on regular drives, in order to stay in good condition.
Of course, you should also take some pride in your vehicle, get it washed regularly, and attend to its needs on a regular basis. In other words, check tire pressure every week or two, keep the oil topped up, and so on.
These small acts of attentiveness can really go a long way towards keeping your car in good working order.