One of the first things a teenager has in mind when the legal age of driving occurs is a new car. Owning a car is a huge and new responsibility to anyone, especially a young person. It is a very important step, and maintaining the elements under the hood is the first phase. Here are a few guidelines to help with the process.
Under the Hood
One of the first steps is to learn what is under the hood. Know where each of the main fluid levels are, such as the oil and transmission fluid. These must be monitored to ensure the car will continue running properly. Watch the professionals at a place like AutoMedics when you take the car in for engine care. If you observe each area checked, you will know how to check them when it is your turn.
Keep an eye on all of the dashboard gauges including the oil and gas. If you see one of the lights begin to blink, it is a good indication you are low in fuel or may need oil. It may be more than needing oil, so you need to have someone check it as soon as possible.
Unless you know how far you can safely drive when the fuel light flashes, it may be a good idea to search for a gasoline station. In either case, you don't want to be stranded on the side of the road.
One very important detail that cannot be overlooked is changing the oil in the vehicle. Most manufacturers suggest it every 3,000 to 3,500 miles. Don't wait for the gauge/light to come on because at that point it is possible the engine is already in jeopardy.
Filters and Tires
Your oil filter will be changed when the oil is changed. However, you also have an air filter under the hood. This will keep any debris from getting into the engine spaces.
You should check and rotate your tires using your owner's manual as a guideline. Many service agents suggest rotation every 6,000 miles. Also, be sure to have the tires balanced so you will have even wear on the tires.
Make it a habit to check all of the exterior and interior lights regularly. You may have an overhead light when the door is open, but it is a good idea to make sure you can manually turn it on. Check all of the turn signal and brake lights, as well as the caution lights. You never know when a fuse could be blown.
As a new car owner, you will receive many happy miles with your new wheels. Take care of it and it will take care of you.