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Top Tips for First-Time Car Owners

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Owning a car for the first time is up there with the most exciting experiences ever. However, cars come with their fair share of work; you have to fuel it, maintain it, pay for its insurance, and have it repaired — all of which cost money. There is also an increased risk of being involved in an accident since you will be spending a lot more time on the road. While there isn’t a way to get around all these, you can certainly cut back on the expenses, enhance your safety, increase your vehicle’s lifespan, and steer clear of trouble. Here are a few tips to help you with that:

Insure your car with a reliable insurance company

Car insurance is mandatory in almost all states in the U.S., so it’s more about the insurance company you choose than whether or not you buy insurance coverage. As a first-time car owner who probably doesn’t know the first thing about insurance, it is best if you don’t rush into buying coverage. Take the time to research the insurance market, and choose a policy that fits well into your budget and coverage requirements.

Keep the documents

It doesn’t matter whether you bought a used car or a brand new one; keeping all the documents related to the transaction and the car is imperative. Make sure to keep the manual or download one if you bought a second-hand car. Other things to have with you include the service records (if it’s a used car) and registration and insurance paperwork.

Find a good mechanic

There are thousands of car repair experts across the country, but every driver needs to have a go-to mechanic. The point of this is not only to have someone you can call on if something happens to you in the middle of nowhere but also to ensure the same team of experts services your vehicle.

Learn to check your oil

Oil is a vital component of your car’s engine as it provides much-needed lubrication and reduces friction between moving parts. Without it, your car’s engine will wear off and overheat, resulting in irreversible damage and potentially forcing you to invest in a completely new engine. Use a dipstick to check your oil level. If it is lower than the amount recommended by your manufacturer, fill it up before hitting the road.

Set limits

Driving is enjoyable, but it can also be tiring. As you probably know, drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the country. The most advisable thing to do is understand your limits and try never to exceed them. If it’s five hours, don’t insist on doing eight. Instead, take a break and get on with the journey after having enough rest.

Endnote

Owning a car is a dream come true for most people. If you are new to car ownership and are looking to get the most out of your motor and staying away from trouble, keep the above tips in mind. Also, make sure to adhere to a proper care and maintenance regimen to increase your car’s lifespan.

 

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Luke S. Mitchell is an MS Undergraduate in Sports Journalism and manager of Defend Your Healthcare. He is interested not only in the mind-body relationship and how motivation shapes our bodies but also in how we draw energy just from one simple yet powerful thought. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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