When you drive your car, you know what it takes to decrease your chances of getting in an accident. In order to get your license, you had to pass a test on these things. However, when it comes to preventing your car from being damaged in other ways, the answers may be things you have yet to be educated on. This article will help you to become better educated on some of the things you can do to decrease your car from being damaged in different situations.
Protect your car in storms
When you see those dark clouds coming in, you should assume that the clouds may bring more with them than a simple light rain. Prepare for the possibility of hail, lightning, high winds that throw heavy objects through the air, and falling branches. When you consider the possibility of a storm bringing all this with it, it will be easier to understand the importance of moving your car to a protected area, such as a garage or an underground or covered parking area.
Don't be rude to people in parking lots
When you are driving your car through a parking lot, you want to be nice and respectful. Don't do anything that can rub someone else the wrong way. If you do make someone mad, and then park your car and leave it unattended, that person can do something mean to damage your car. Sometimes a person will scratch the side of a car with their key, leaving a long dig mark down the length of the car. Other times, a person may take a handful of change and throw it at the car, putting a lot of chips and dings in the paint.
Park away from other cars
If you park further out, so you aren't smashed between two other cars, then you won't have to be as concerned about someone dinging your car with their door. Also, you won't be at as much risk of having a loose cart make its way across the parking lot to slam into your car to dent it.
Know when to use your emergency brake
A lot of people forget to use their emergency brake when they are parked on a hill. You also want to turn the wheels, so the car would be stopped by the curb should it try to roll down the hill. Using the emergency brake can prevent the car from rolling away and possibly causing a big accident.
Anytime you have something wrong with your car it's a good idea to take it in to a mechanic. This way, they can assess the situation and fix your car before the problem gets worse. If the problem does get worse, it can lead to the need for serious and expensive repairs and leave you more at risk of being put in dangerous situations on the road.
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13 October 2018
Hello. My name’s Samuel Jacobs. I retired from my job as an auto mechanic last year. During my years as a mechanic, I had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. Some have remained friends to this day. When I was working, there is one thing that I came across at least weekly. That is how uneducated people are when it comes to their vehicle’s tires. Properly cared for tires are crucial to the safety of your vehicle. Without them, your car isn’t going anywhere. If they give out on you while you are driving, there is the potential for serious injury. I’m going to share some tire safety information here. Things like the importance of correct inflation, how to check the tread, when to replace tires, tire rotation, and what to do in case of a blow-out. I hope you find this information to be helpful.