What is the make and model of your car? How about the miles you currently have? Many people aren’t quite sure about these types of questions right off the top of their heads. These as well as the license number, where you have your insurance copies located and more are all important things to know about your car. Make sure you know the answers to these questions as well as these other few tips (which are only a few among many).
You’ve got your first (or second or 5th car). Now what? Hopefully it’s smooth sailing on the road from that time forth. There are always things you want to know about in case you have trouble during your drive. To get a basic start with your car, you should know:
Come rain or shine, there is always some kind of car emergency on the road. You just hope it won’t be your car. No matter if it is the summer or winter, make sure you have certain necessities in your car on-hand. There are always news stories of someone breaking down in the desert or being stuck in their car during a blizzard. Don’t be in that situation without the things you need! Some emergency essentials to have in your car at all times include:
Reportedly, about 125,000 drivers in the United States get a citation for traffic violations. That equals out to about 1 in 6 drivers. Although no one ever wants to get a speeding ticket (especially one with a hefty fine), make sure you have all the information you need in case you get pulled over. An officer will ask for your driver’s license and your registration. Oftentimes you need insurance information as well. Have these items handy any time you plan on driving.
You won’t have to take your car to an auto shop for every small thing. It’s fairly easy for drivers to replace their windshield wiper fluid when they run out. If you’re a new driver, have a friend or relative walk you through refilling windshield wiper fluid. Many drivers can change their own oil as well, but this is something you will also receive when you take your car in for maintenance.
Car batteries can die anytime, leaving you stranded. The average car battery generally lasts between 4 and 6 years. However, cold weather and electronic devices you charge in the car can have an impact on that battery life. It’s always smart to keep a jumping kit in your car. Know how to use the jumper cables in case of emergency if you get stranded. If you drive in areas with fewer people, consider getting jumper cables that work.
Drivers should also know how to change their tire to the spare tire (and should have the spare tire in their car) in case of emergencies. Not enough people know how to do this on their own. Windshield wiper blades, checking tire pressure, changing out headlights and taillights are among other fixes drivers can do themselves if they have the proper training. For any strange noises or problems with your car starting, you want to definitely get the help of professionals. We can help fix car problems large and small with your car to make it like new once more. Keep our number on your speed dial and call Scott’s Fort Collins Auto at (970) 682-4202!