June 3, 2021
Stay Safe on the Road While Getting the Best of Your Car
If you recently passed your driver’s exam and subsequently purchased your first car, you’re just about ready to hit the road for your first drive.
However, before you do that, there’s still an item in your checklist that you need to clear: learning how to maintain your car.
Car maintenance is an important part of car ownership. It’s important to keep your car in good shape at all times to prevent damage and costly repairs. You need to learn the basics of car maintenance to enable your car to perform at its optimum level and ensure your safety on the road. Here are 8 of the most important car maintenance services that first-time drivers need to know:
- Wiper blades
Checking your wipers is important, especially during winter or the rainy season. Old wiper blades will leave streaks that will make it difficult for you to see the road when it’s snowing or raining heavily. If your wipers do not work properly, you could find yourself in a terrible road accident that could put your life at risk. Test your blades monthly to see if they are still in good condition.
Oil is important because it keeps the different parts of your engine moving flawlessly. However, dirt accumulates over time and oil needs to be changed to continue doing its job properly. You can learn to change the oil yourself by checking your owner’s manual. The manual will also tell you when you should change it.
Tires are essential in ensuring your road safety. Rotate your tires each time you change your oil. You also need to bring it to the shop to have its wheel alignment checked. This will ensure that your steering is aligned and that your tires are rolling perfectly. Change worn-out tires because they are at risk of blowing out while on the road.
Learning to check your batteries’ voltage could save you the hassle of losing power in the middle of the road. Most well-maintained batteries last for five to six years, but some need to be replaced in just three years.
- Brake pads
Another important part of your vehicle is the brake pad. Regularly check your brake pads to see if they are still in good condition. This will ensure that they serve their purpose of slowing down or bringing your vehicle to a stop when you need to. Do it after your tire rotation or tire change so you won’t forget about it.
- Air filter
Your air filter accumulates debris from the air that’s being pumped from your car’s engine. When you see that it’s already clogged with dirt, you need to replace it so your engine can continue to function properly.
- Hoses and belts
If you are driving a second-hand car, make sure to make a habit of checking its air hoses, timing belts, and serpentine belts. Damages to these parts can cause you big problems.
- Spark plugs
Spark plugs help your engine perform better. However, for them to function flawlessly, they need to be replaced every 60,000-75,000 miles. Do not let them burn out to prevent problems with your engine.
Have a Damaged Car? Here’s Your Best Option
As a first-time driver, you probably purchased a cheap second-hand car just to familiarize yourself with driving. It’s probably a car that you wouldn’t mind damaging inadvertently due to faulty use.
In case you just crashed your car into a brick wall and it suffered some damage, don’t bother having it repaired. That could just cost you unwarranted expenses. Your best option? Call us at Veteran Car Donations and simply donate that clunker to us.
When you do that, you’ll do yourself a big favor while providing much-needed assistance to the struggling veterans in your area. They are our former service members who are suffering from homelessness, disabilities, chronic unemployment, and illnesses, including mental health disorders.
We’ll have your vehicle auctioned off, with the proceeds distributed to reputable veteran nonprofit organizations that are in partnership with us. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofits use the money to provide needy veterans and their families with free quality health care, financial aid, housing assistance, employment opportunities, family support, educational scholarships, psychotherapy services, and many other benefits.
You, too, will benefit from your charitable contribution. You’ll get to enjoy our free towing service and our quick and convenient donation process where you don’t have to do any paperwork. On top of that, your gift will entitle you to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.
Aside from the material rewards in store for you as our donor, you’ll also be privileged to enjoy a most satisfying donating experience, knowing that your act of charity will help transform the lives of our nation’s heroes.
We accept almost all types of vehicles, regardless of their age or condition. You don’t need to have your car fixed if it has dents or scratches. We’ll take it as it is.
You can also make you can make your donation wherever you are in the country since we have vehicle donation programs in all 50 states.
Want to learn more about our vehicle donation program? Go visit our FAQs page. If you have any questions for us, call us at 877-594-5822. You may also send us a message online and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can.
Turn Your Damaged Car into a Life-changer Today!
Are you ready to donate your damaged second-hand car for the benefit of the needy veterans in your area? Hand it over to us today! Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our online donation form now!