Getting Familiar with Your New car

Getting familiar with your new carLatest model cars, trucks, vans and SUVs have advanced safety features and high-tech in-vehicle digital systems, many of which are included in standard models. Getting to know a new car will require a little more of your time- more time than it once did, as there is simply more to learn.

A buyer should learn the basics of operating and maintaining the vehicle, as well as gain an understanding of the operation of the various in-vehicle systems before taking to the road.

The basics of your new vehicle include the type of oil to use; some newer vehicles use only synthetic oil, and adding or replacing oil with a different product is not advised. Tire pressure is another detail you need to know. Your tires should be at the correct pressure for optimum performance and safety.

Your new vehicle comes with an owner’s manual- use it!

Some consumers may find it difficult to wade through all of the information in the booklet. It is worth the time to read the manual from cover to cover – but do it while sitting in the vehicle so you can locate and test the systems described. Run through the processes involved in activating a GPS system, windshield wipers, clock, the in-vehicle video system, Bluetooth and other features when you purchase your car, rather than “learn as you go.”

Keeping your vehicle in top shape means you must meet the maintenance schedule of the manufacturer. Oil changes, tire wear, engine oil and other fluid levels, the condition of hoses and belts and other basics, when correctly maintained, will keep your vehicle running better, and save you money in the long run.

Do-it-yourselfers may choose to do simpler maintenance tasks, such as replacing windshield washer fluid. The owner’s manual will direct you to the location of the reservoir and the type of product to use. Weather conditions where you plan to operate your vehicle will make a difference in the type of product. Make sure you are adding fluid to the correct system, as your vehicle also has an engine coolant reservoir, and these two reservoirs must not confused.

Enjoy your new car, and keep your family safer by following the advised maintenance schedule for brakes, tires and other safety systems. Before taking to the road in your new vehicle, print out the information from this car accident checklist and keep it in your vehicle so you are prepared in the event of a car crash, and always drive defensively.

Author: DrivenAutos

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