Owning a car is great. Owning one in a great condition is even super cool. But owning a car and keeping it in a great working condition doesn’t come by chance.
Car maintenance is not something that should be left to car mechanics alone. However, a lot of people do not worry about the health of their car until something goes wrong. They seldom clean it and give little thought to their vehicles, as long as it gets them where they are going. These set of people, we must say, are hurting their cars.
The following are ways people hurt their cars. How guilty are you?
Using the wrong oil or stretching the time of oil change
Oil is the blood of the car engine. There are different kinds of engine oil, just like there are different car engines too. Each car engine is designed for a specific oil thickness. The thickness of the engine oil affects how the oil does its job on the car. It is therefore important to adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendation when it comes to the engine oil you use for your car. Using the wrong engine oil for your vehicle is the beginning of problems for your car. Also, allowing your engine oil drop to a really low level can spell trouble. If you do not check and change your oil regularly, your engine will not be getting as much lubrication as it needs.
Ignoring the signal lights on the dashboard
The light signals that come on on the dashboard are not just there as part of the beautiful aesthetics of the car. They are actually warning signals that show the state of your car, serving to let you know the immediate actions you need to take. Ironically, some drivers do not even know the meaning of some of these signals. As long as the car has not stopped moving, they assume there is no problem. How wrong they are! Those signals are there to let you know of an issue with the car, which should be checked or fixed, as the case may be. Never wish these signals away, as they can lead to bigger and costlier issues.
Driving on an empty fuel tank
How many of you are guilty of this? Majority of drivers only fill up their fuel tank when the warning light comes on. Running on an empty or nearly empty tank is setting the car up for major problems in the near future. The fuel tank helps to cool down the fuel pump and the engine of a vehicle. So, not only are you at the risk of getting stranded in the middle of the road, you are putting your car in danger. Trying to save money on gas this way is not such a smart idea. As soon as your car hits the ¼ mark, refuel it immediately.
Not slowing down for bumps or potholes
Your shock absorber, wheel alignment, and suspension are at a risk every time you do not slow down for speed bumps or potholes. If you start to feel the steering wheel of your car vibrate when you are driving, then chances are you have been exposing your vehicle to bumps and potholes, and your wheel alignment needs to be fixed. Usually, you will end up spending quite some money to fix this.
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Ignoring the strange noises
Quite guilty of this, right? Of course, everyone knows how their car sounds. Like a dog picking up on strange noises, that’s how quickly we can pick up a strange noise coming out of a car. The “strange” noise could be coming from the bonnet of the car or from the back tire. Wherever the noise is coming from, do not ignore just because the car still moves. A knocking sound in the engine or a squeaking brake is usually never good. Ignoring these signs could cost you a large sum for repairs or, in extreme cases, lead to a fatal accident.
In all, realizing that you are causing harm to your vehicle is the first step to protecting your car and yourself from harm.
Emergencies always arise in life and, most of the time, most of us are not prepared for them. In fact, some of us move on a one-way street, not expecting anything to stop us, until we are caught up in the deep end. When it comes to vehicle emergencies, a lot of people are always caught napping. While some people may probably be equipped with some basic car tools, not many are prepared for the unexpected. However, having a car emergency kit can help you get back on the road quickly, while not having one might leave you stranded for hours. What exactly are the basic kits you need in your car? Below are some of the car kits that would prove very handy in different emergencies, especially during the yuletide.
Some of us will ask: what is the essence of a flashlight when every car has headlights and cabin lights? But what happens when the car battery runs down? What will you do when you’re in such situation? It, therefore, becomes apparent that this piece of item should not be overlooked. So, when packing, make sure you take your flashlight with enough batteries, just in case you want to change a tire or inspect your vehicle at night. This could make all the difference when the unexpected occurs.
Food and Water
Having enough food and water in your car is very important, just in case, there’s a breakdown or an empty tank. Any of these vices could leave you stranded for a while. So, it is advisable to store a gallon of water if you have enough space in your car. Then, avoid food that can spoil or melt, because you can’t tell how long the emergency will persist. In such situation, car owners are advised to stay with their vehicles until someone finds them. Having some food and water will be of great help here.
First Aid Kit
This is a very important kit, especially when you have an accident and get stranded in a remote area or you come across someone or some people who have been involved in an accident. You might just be the God-sent person in that situation. While no one wishes for such incidents, these things do occur once in a while. And with the increased travels during this season, the probability is even more.
Car Tools Kit
This is the DIY kit. These tools are basically for handling routine car troubles and emergencies. Having things like a jack, spare tire, pliers, wrench and screwdrivers packed in the trunk of your car is a very good way to prepare for emergencies. So, if you don’t have them, it is advisable you get them.
This is one of the most ignored items when it comes to car emergency kits. There are four classes of fire (A, B, C, and D), and research has shown that fire extinguishers made for vehicles will typically come in two different dry chemical configurations (ABC and BC), to fight the different classifications of fire. According to experts, the class B fire involves flammable or combustible liquids, such as diesel, fuel, and kerosene, while the class C fire involves energized electrical equipment such as switches, panel boxes, and batteries. So, it is advisable to get a small ABC fire extinguisher for your vehicle.
Safety Boots and Gloves
Most people are never prepared for emergency situations in remote areas, especially with regard to what they wear. Some drivers wear flip-flops or high heels, none of which make for good walking. It is advised that you take a pair of boots and some work gloves (because car repairs can sometimes be hard on the hands). Adding a protective jacket to these, just in case the weather gets unfavourable, will mean you are even more prepared. While the listed items might seem very ordinary, they will definitely make all the difference when you find yourself stranded due to an emergency situation.