Teenage Drivers and Car Maintenance
Published: Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:29
Teaching you teenager how to drive should also include basic car maintenance to help keep them safe on the road, it can be a fun activity that both parties enjoy. Not only does it build awareness around motoring issues for non-drivers but it can build confidence, too. Start with some simple maintenance measures and work up to more advanced matters.
1. Checking the Oil
Only when the engine is cool, show your child how to lift the hood of your car up and secure it in place. Remove the oil dipstick and have them clean it with an old rag. Now simply ask them to put the dipstick back in place and remove it once more. Most dipsticks clearly indicate maximum and minimum oil levels which even young children can determine when they inspect it. Remember most kids start with a older vehicle that may burn oil and checking weekly is a good idea.
2. Windscreen Wipers
All cars have windscreen wipers that start to become less effective over time. The regular back and forth motion of a windscreen wiper means that the rubbery blade section becomes worn down after a while. You tend to notice this most in very heavy rain, or when you try to remove some debris from your screen when on the motorway. If your blades aren’t all that they should be, then purchase some new ones. Teach your child how to hook the new one in place after removing the last one. You can use the first new blade to show them how to do it and they can copy with the second blade.
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Spring Car Care
Published: Monday, 12 March 2018 17:21
Spring is here and it is time to give your car some extra attention, before those spring break road trips.
“Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value. These results show that most vehicle owners could save money by being proactive in the maintenance of their second largest investment,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.
When checking lubricants and fluids, the three top failure rates were: low washer fluid at 27 percent; low or dirty motor oil at 25 percent; and low, leaky or dirty coolant at 17 percent. Power steering, brake and transmission fluids were also checked, and had failure rates of 13 percent and below.
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