Ask Away...: A to Z of Car Ownership

Monday, December 18, 2017

A to Z of Car Ownership



Car ownership and driving can all be rather befuddling. You can know how to drive a car, but that doesn’t prepare you for the realities of owning and maintaining a car. Your driving test was also insufficient to cope with many of the issues you will experience on the road.


So let’s try and introduce a few basics that all drivers need to know; assembled in handy A-Z form, this list below should ensure that you get the most out of your car ownership and regular driving experiences.


A is for… Artificial Intelligence


Artificial intelligence is becoming steadily more common in cars, with a raft of new tech planned in the future to keep drivers safer than ever. If you’re curious about the upcoming tech, then there’s a great guide to what’s in store at http://www.roboticstrends.com/.


B is for… Belts


Seatbelts are a requirement when driving on the road, and make a huge difference to the statistics of surviving a collision. It’s also important to replace your seatbelts should they show any signs of wear; the integrity of this item is a literal matter of life and death.

Here’s a handy video to remind you of the importance of wearing a seatbelt at all times:



C is for… Conversation


Talking to people you are driving with is fine, but be careful not to get distracted by the subject. Keep conversations light and fluffy, rather than heavy and involving decision making.


D is for… Dashcams


If you don’t already have one, a dashcam is a wonderful piece of equipment that can help you prove a lack of fault in the event of an accident. The road ahead is recorded as you drive, and if you are involved in an accident not of your making, the likes of https://www.craigswapp.com/ will have an easy case so you can be financially compensated.


E is for… Electric


Electric cars are becoming more common, and the range they can deliver on a single charge is increasing all the time. It’s well worth considering an electric car for your next purchase.


F is for… Finance


Many people now buy cars on finance. If you do this, then you have to scrutinize the deal you get; the interest you pay could be huge if you’re not careful.


G is for… Gas


Gas is expensive, so if you’re not familiar with how to drive economically, you’ll want to read up at https://www.fueleconomy.gov.


H is for… Headlamps


Check your headlamps are functioning by driving close to a wall; you should see the light reflected back at you.


I is for… Ice


Driving on ice is incredibly dangerous and can increase your stopping distances by up to 10 times more than normal. Always be cautious when driving on ice and, if possible, buy a car with an anti-braking system (ABS) installed.


J is for… Jump Leads


A good set of jump leads is an essential purchase for car owners; if your battery runs flat, jump leads are the best option to get you back on the road.


K is for… Kinetic Energy


If you can stay off the brake as much as possible, you will see a resultant benefit in fuel economy. Braking too often, and too suddenly, kills the kinetic energy of your car and thus wastes fuel; if you have clear road in front, ease off the gas as you come to traffic signals and stops


L is for… Look


One of the biggest causes of traffic accidents is drivers failing to look adequately at the road. Always take the time to assess where you are on the road and what’s around you, especially when dealing with intersections.


M is for… Maintenance


All cars should be looked over by a professional mechanic at least once every 12 months, just to ensure they’re in good working order.


N is for… New


When you have a new car, always give yourself time to adjust to it. Practice on quiet roads until you’re confident enough to head onto main highways.


O is for… On Ramp


Merging with a highway is one of the most dangerous times as a driver, so always ignore all distractions so you are 100% focused on the task at hand.


P is for… Parking


Parking can be tricky, especially in tight spaces such as supermarket car parks. If you’ve had one too many scrapes, then go to a car park late at night and get some practice in.


Q is for… Queueing


It’s important to try and keep patient when queuing, and to try and merge like a zip where necessary-- this makes the process quicker for everyone.


R is for… Reverse Parking


Reverse parking is meant to be simple, and it’s by far the most convenient way of pulling into a space-- yet so many of us struggle with it. If you have always struggled to perfect reverse parking, then the video below might be able to give you some pointers:



S is for… Screenwash


Good quality screenwash, which preferably includes deicer in the winter, is an essential. You should be checking that your screenwash is topped up at least once per month.


T is for… Tire Treads


While you’re checking your screenwash, check your tire treads. If you’re not sure how to do this, there’s a very simple at-home hack shown here:



U is for… Underpowered


If you notice any signs that your car is not quite as powerful as it once was, you need to take it to a mechanic as soon as possible. Continuing to drive can be damaging to the engine.


V is for… Volume


Always keep the volume of your car stereo as low as possible; it’s a distraction, and distractions cause accidents.


W is for… Wax


If you want to ensure that your car shines as much as it did the day you drove it off the sales forecourt, then it’s important to learn to wax it. Wax helps to protect the exterior of your car, as well as giving that perfect finish that means your car will shine brighter than anything else on the road.


X is for… eXcellent Emissions


(It’s a hard letter!)


Emissions have been the subject of much scandal recently; you can read more here https://blog.caranddriver.com/ if you’re not familiar with the situation. However, the signs point to a positive future in which cars will be greener than ever. If you don’t want to wait to make an improvement to your car emissions, then opt for a petrol rather than a diesel the next time you’re buying.


Y is for… Yellow


If you want to avoid the likelihood of your car being stolen, then choose an unusual color such as yellow-- thieves are more likely to target standard color cars such as silver and black.


Z is for… Zzzzz


Tiredness is one of the biggest threats to your safety on the road. When driving long distances, plan stops at least every three hours, just to keep you rejuvenated.


Hopefully you have found this A-Z of car ownership useful, and perhaps even picked up some tips you’d like to put into practice.










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