Most women have very limited knowledge about their cars and what they need to check or do in order to stay mobile and not get stranded. You may have road assistance and feel safe enough to rely on them, but there are certain things you should know about your car
, so that if you do happen to get stuck, you have some idea as what to do.
We have found some simple videos on a number of different scenarios that can assist you in knowing more about your car as well as how to do it yourself.
Flat tyres: With the amount of potholes we have in South Africa, you see many cars with spare wheels on. But do you know how to change a flat when you hit one? Here is a video showing you how to use a jack, and how to change a flat tyre.
Battery change: This interesting video tells you about battery life and what signs to look for when a battery change is needed.
How to jumpstart with cables: This step by step video shows you how to connect jumper cables from your car to another car that has a working battery. This is important to know as it can be dangerous if done incorrectly!
How to jumpstart without another car: It is possible to jumpstart a car without the use of another car and its battery. This is quite easy to do as shown in the following video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luDV9XRKaO0
Overheating: When a car overheats, it is best to stop your car immediately before the engine seizes (this is extremely costly!!). It is very important to know the difference between what your air conditioner is and what your actual coolant system for your car is. This video tells us about the inner workings of your car and how it remains cool, also what causes the car to overheat.
Other things to check on a regular basis for the well being of your car and your safety:
1. Tyre pressure: Our petrol stations have tyre pumps readily available. Check this at least once a month, or if you notice any change in your tyres. Find your tyre pressure (psi) on the tyre placard, either in the door sill (inside of the door), glove box, fuel cap or sun visor.
2. Oil and Water: This can be done at your nearest petrol station. There is no excuse for not checking this, as the petrol station attendants ask you at every fuel fill up if you would like your oil and water checked
3. Replacement of windshield wipers: it is not safe to drive in rainy weather with mediocre windshield wiper blades. Check them for wear and tear, and replace them immediately to avoid the possibility of poor vision while driving in the rain.
This guide should give you some confidence on understanding your car better as a woman. Knowledge is a key to empowerment, and a man loves a lady who knows a thing or two about cars. Get involved and brush up your car mechanic skills today!
Megan Mc Kinlay
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