Now that you have passed your driving test and bought your first car, it’s important that you take care of it and do routine maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape. You don’t need to rely on your dad, brother, husband, or a mechanic to do things for you. You need to make sure that every component is working the way it should in order for you to be safe on the road. If you need help looking after your car, here are a few tips that can help you.
- Get car insurance – The first thing that you should do is get car insurance with a liability insurance. This will keep your mind off the expenses in case you get into an accident and crash your car. Always have a copy of your insurance inside the vehicle. Choose the right coverage that you need for your vehicle.
- Know how to change a tire – Always check the condition of your tires before you drive. Also, it would be helpful to know how to change a tire in case you get a flat while you are on the road. You wouldn’t want to be a damsel in distress when this happens. You should also know the proper tire pressures for your tires. This can typically be found in the car’s manual. Keep a spare tire in your trunk as well.
- Check all car fluids – Check under the hood to see if the levels of all fluids are good. This will ensure that your car will run properly while you are on the road. The components that you need to check are the oil, coolant, brake fluid, and washer fluid.
- Keep your car clean inside and out – Looking after your car does not only mean checking the components. It also means keeping it clean. As a woman, you want to be riding a car that is shiny instead of dirty. Make it a point to bring your vehicle for a carwash to ensure cleanliness. This will make your vehicle look brand new longer.
- Routine checkup – Bring your car in for a routine checkup at least twice a year. You can make sure that everything is in good running condition, but there are some components that need to be changed. You may need the help of an expert to see if the components of your car need changing. Keep all the maintenance receipts in the vehicle as well.
- Keep a tool kit in your car – You never know when an emergency will strike, so it is best to keep an emergency toolkit in your trunk. Keep the basic car tools in there, along with other necessary items such as a flashlight, a warning sign, extra money, and a first-aid kit.
These are some of the things that you can do to look after your first car. Most women rely on other men to do car maintenance for them. However, if you follow these tips, you can take care of your vehicle on your own and make sure that it is perfect for the open road.