If you’re new to the ways of the road, it’s easy to get so caught up in the excitement of having a ride of your own that you don’t pay attention to its basic care. If you want to keep your car running like new for years to come, follow these tips for new drivers.
Pay attention to weird noises
Get in the habit of looking over your car before leaving the driveway and again when you get home. This will help you learn what your car looks, acts, and sounds like, and it will be easier to catch problems early. The sooner drivers get their car to the garage for service, the smaller the bill is likely to be. Some important things to watch for are proper tire pressure, unusual noises, lights that don’t turn on and any other changes you notice over time.
That light is not a decoration
Today’s cars and trucks have a whole array of warning lights and symbols that appear on the dashboard to warn you of impending problems. The car’s owner’s manual will have a complete listing of warning lights and what they mean, and many manuals can now be accessed through the manufacturer’s app on your phone. Once you know what the problem is, make sure to address it as soon as possible.
Stick to a routine maintenance schedule
Even if your car looks and sounds fine and there are no warning lights on the dash, you need to take it to the shop for regular maintenance like oil changes, tire rotations and fluid fill-ups. Trained mechanics will often identify problems that might develop in the future during these seasonal check-ups.