If you’re a new driver, there are so many things you’ll be thinking about each time you head out on the road. That’s why it’s important to take care of the many tasks that need to be done before you get behind the wheel.
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First off, it’s important to think about the best insurance options available to you. And once you’re ready to drive, you’ll be in great shape if you know how to care for your vehicle on your own. Let’s get you checking your engine oil and other fluids like a pro.
Be safe before you drive
When it comes to vehicle insurance, make sure you get the best rate. You shouldn’t go with your first choice. Teenagers tend to have higher rates for car insurance than more seasoned drivers.
By comparing different reputable insurance companies and shopping around to find a more affordable rate, you can get the best deal with minimal gaps in your coverage. Different insurance companies also look at existing tickets and accidents in a different light, so don’t be afraid to switch between insurance companies.
Know your tires
Being stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire—and no idea how to change it—can be a frustrating experience. Learning how to change a tire is one of those important developments as a driver. But even if you aren’t one for getting your hands dirty, be prepared with roadside assistance services. Either way, just be sure you have an options. Don’t be stranded.
You can also grab yourself an air-pressure gauge so you can check the level of pressure in your tire. These simple checks and repairs are so easy to learn, and so valuable to you as a driver.
There are other minor vehicle maintenance tasks that are easy for novice drivers. Know how to replace your engine coolant and how it will keep your engine from overheating. This is a simple one. Just pop the hood, look for your coolant reservoir cap and pour in your fluid—easy as that.
Knowing how to check and top off your oil is also an important lesson for drivers. Sure, your mechanic will keep you flush with a regular maintenance schedule, but being able to check your own oil before a road trip is a handy skill to have.
While you’re at it, keep a supply of windshield washer fluid in the vehicle, so you can refill that yourself as well.
Keep a vehicle care kit in your car
A vehicle care kit should be kept in your car in an easily accessible place. It should include jumper cables for charging a troublesome battery, engine oil and wiper fluid. If your vehicle doesn’t already have a spare tire and a jack, you’ll want one of each.
There are a few ways you can become a safe and responsible driver. Protecting yourself with insurance will cover you financially, while knowing the basics of vehicle maintenance, you’ll feel a lot more confidence while on the road.