Things to Know- For a Female Owning a Car
Know your car- Up, Close and Personal
For any woman who is planning on buying a car, or owns a car, is already out there driving, there are many things that you should know and be aware of. This could range anywhere from building knowledge and knowing about what to seek when buying a car, daily routines to follow, some car terminologies and usages, what to know when you give your car for servicing, some inputs to understand if the car has run into some issues and some basic maintenance and repair tips.
All this information would definitely guarantee a couple things for you. Most of all, your safety and with improved knowledge and understanding; you will not be deceived or taken advantage of in any situation. And you can keep your car running well if you know a thing or two about repairs and maintenance. And if you fine-tune your understanding about your car, you can ensure that your car health is in perfect condition always.
Some must-dos and must-knows if you own a car
- Always keep a photocopy of the vehicle documents in the car.
- Always carry a spare key. It will come in handy.
- Know your car in-depth. Understand basic body language, the basic parts of your car like bodyline, engine, oil reserve, transmission and keep yourself updated as it has multipurpose advantages.
- Learning some descriptive car terminologies are a must. You have to because if faced with issues, you can explain it effortlessly to a technician.
- Pay attention to your car interiors. Keep it clean. It definitely builds your aura and speaks for you.
- To avoid a flat tyre or a puncture, before starting out, always check the tyres and air pressure so you don’t run into issues.
- At times, if you are stranded because of a flat tyre, it is prudent to have a spare tyre in your car. And of course, learn to use the jack and tyre iron and change the tyre.
- Learn basic car maintenance tips. Check the oil, tyre pressure, washer fluid reserve, learn to operate the car hood and know the basic components.
- If you experience a car breakdown or if you are stranded on the way, you have to reach out to a good Roadside Assistance. Therefore, it is good to opt for a good Roadside Assistance plan like Assist First, offered by IBB, Indianbluebook.com; Assist First is a 365-day, 24x7 service. This service provides emergency support like car towing, wheel/tyre changing, battery failure, car lockout, key replacement, emergency fuel and even wrecker service in case of an accident.
- And when in doubt, go online, visit reliable automobile websites like IBB, com to find your answers.
The Good-to-know Pointers
- If you have given your car for servicing or oil change, know how to check if the servicing and oil change is up to date.
- Before driving out for the day, keep the car in idle for a minute and then start. This allows the oil to lubricate the engine well which would have settled down overnight.
- Likewise, before switching off, leave the car in idle for a minute, this helps prolong engine life.
- Always monitor the car for any leakages or issues. It could be a coolant or an AC issue and if you feel there is a problem, contact your service station.
- When driving, if you notice that your car engine is unusually overheating indicated via the temperature icon, pullover immediately and switch off the engine. Contact your service station or your Roadside Assistance like IBB’s Assist First and have your car towed if required. Because driving an overheated engine can be very damaging and attracts huge charges.
- As a practice, check your battery every month. This way you can avert any situation and will not be caught unawares.
- When driving over humps on roads, it’s a good practice to slow down the vehicle as you approach, and remember not to brake on the humps as it can damage the shocks and the brakes too.
- It is good to learn to drive a standard transmission, stick shift car first and then move to automatic car because it improves your driving skill set.
- Always maintain a safe distance between vehicles, to avoid collisions, especially during bad weather.
- Be aware of different car movements like skidding, spinning, sliding and learn to control the car in unexpected situations.
- Learn to drive cars in difficult terrains, uphill, mountainous routes, because you learn so much about your vehicle when driving in these conditions, you hone your driving skills and it prepares you for any unforeseen situation.
And yes! It is great if you know all of the above, but most of all, enjoy driving. Enjoy the driving experience and observe how your car moves. There is nothing like it!
What to Know when Giving your Car for Servicing
Giving your car for regular servicing or health checkup or taking it to the Service Station because it needs some fine-tuning or is having some issues is a routine for every car owner. Therefore, women car owners should take time to educate themselves before taking the car to the Garage.
Research, ask around and be aware is the basic motto. Know a thing or two about the pricing, rates, nature of servicing and repairs and the type of service centre you have taken your car to.
- For servicing, you can identify an individual service garage or the company-run service station depending of course on accessibility, rating, servicing, pricing and reliability.
- Always read the car manual and understand what are the basic services undertaken. Like periodic oil changes, replacing sparkplugs or some parts and if the mechanic suggests some replacements or repairs, clarify and always ask for details.
- When it comes to your car and servicing, be aware at what durations servicing needs to be carried out. In fact, the first servicing has to be carried out after three months or after a specific mileage clocked on the odometer. Also, servicing needs to be carried out at every 7,500 kms to 10,000 kms which on an average is covered in about 6 months and this way, the frequency of visits is largely reduced.
- Do not agree to anything unless it is in writing. This should include the price estimate, repair and replacement types and charges.
- If parts have been replaced, ask the service technician to show you the old part.
- If you own a car, repairs, replacements and problems are a part of it. You cannot really avoid it at all. So if your car has encountered some rough weather, then additional expenses are but expected.
- If your mechanic suggests some changes or replacements and alerts you about any potential problems, take time to know if it is really required or if it can be deferred.
- Sometimes, it is good to take your car for a diagnosis. Especially before changing seasons, or if you are travelling and the car will be idle for a long time. This way, you can diagnose an issue in time and repair it.
- If you are used to a particular service station, rely on their services and you trust them, then stick to the same place for any car servicing routines or repairs.
- And last but not the least, trust your instincts. If your gut is saying otherwise, then you may be right. If you feel that the service station is not being upfront, then do not agree to anything unless you are not convinced.
Present-day cars are a lot simpler to maintain and handle unlike older generation cars. Therefore, women take note, it is good to follow and understand these simple pointers, insulate yourself with an extended warranty and Roadside Assistance, like Assist First to help manoeuvre the unexpected.
In general, just follow the Instrument Cluster for any signs or indications and this way you can keep your car healthy. As the saying goes, “A stitch in time saves nine”!