Things All New Drivers Should Know
Passing your driving test is a very exciting time – being road legal means that you have a lot more freedom and independence, but also a lot more responsibility. As well as becoming familiar with the roads, you also need to become familiar with your car and how to spot issues/prevent problems.
How to check tyre pressure
Tyre pressure is a vital, yet often underestimated element of vehicle safety. If you are driving on under- or over-inflated tyres, a number of aspects of your vehicle can suffer. Handling, grip and braking can be affected, which can have devastating consequences, especially in poor weather conditions. Always check your tyre pressure before any long journey – if you notice it is too high or low, visit a petrol station or garage where you can access the tyre pressure machine.
How to measure oil, water and other fluids
Your car requires the right amount of various fluids in order to run safely, and knowing the correct levels and how to check them is very important for avoiding any issues with your car. It is also important that you know what the symbols on your dashboard mean, so you know which area to attend to should a certain symbol become illuminated. The other fluids include:
– Brake fluid
– Transmission fluid
– Wiper fluid
– Power steering fluid
– How to change a tyre
Punctures can happen at any time, and for this reason you need to be prepared and able to change a tyre in case the problem occurs. It is important that you find a safe, well-lit area to stop your vehicle before removing the tyre. You must then remove the lug nuts holding the tyre on, then remove the tyre, place the spare on the axle and then re-attach the lug nuts.
How to use jumper cables
If your car battery dies, then you will need the services of jumper cables. These are used to spark your car into life, which then charges the battery as the engine runs. Ensure that you always have a set of jumper cables in your car in case of this eventuality, and that you know how to use them. They are colour coded – one set of clamps is red, the other is black. Attach the red clamps to the positive pole of the battery and the black clamps to the negative in order to make them work.
Here at Tyres Northampton, we are always on hand to provide our expert services to new drivers and experienced drivers alike. If you are in need of new tyres for your vehicle, whether you want tyres from the big-name manufacturers or from our high-quality budget selection, we have the skills, equipment and dedication to provide you with the best possible service. Get in touch with us today to find out more.← Road Safety: Stopping Distances