When it comes to cars, operating the vehicle isn’t the only skill you’ll want in your driving arsenal. Many factors go into driving, and it’s important you’re aware of all of them. If you find yourself in a sticky situation, you’ll be able to better handle it thanks to the education acquired in our guide. Check out our list of skills every driver should have.
How to Jump a Battery
Perhaps you accidentally left a light on overnight or are dealing with extreme temperature conditions. You won’t be able to go anywhere with a dead battery. And if you have somewhere important to be, it’s imperative that you get your car up and running as soon as possible. Jumping a dead battery is fairly simple, but you must know what you’re doing as it does involve handling an electric current.
How to Check Your Fluids
Luckily, we often have a general timeline regarding how often we should change our fluids. However, there are still extenuating circumstances that require us to have them checked earlier than we would have thought. Leaks, weather, or excessive driving can all contribute to this. As such, we recommend you familiarize yourself with how to check your fluids. This way, you’ll know for sure when it’s time to head over to a mechanic.
How to Change a Tire
There’s a lot that goes into changing a tire—more than you may initially think. Ideally, you’ll have access to roadside assistance should you experience a blowout; however, we may not all be so lucky. In the case of an emergency, it’s important to have the proper knowledge regarding how to change your tire.
How to Replace an Air Filter
Changing your own air filter is so easy that there’s no need to rely on a mechanic to do it for you. You’ll generally find your air filter beneath the hood, and it’s as easy as popping out your old one and slipping in a new one. You can save yourself a few dollars by knowing how to do this yourself.
Know Your Car
This may not seem like a skill per se, but it’s vital that you know the ins and outs of your car. Sometimes, we don’t know how to perform tasks, such as turning on our hazards or activating cruise control, until we have an immediate need to do so. Before you buy a car, make sure that you know where each button and trigger is as well what each one does.
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