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Tips for New Drivers: How to Keep Your Car Running Smoothly

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4 More Tips For New Drivers

Welcome back, new drivers! In our ongoing quest to ensure your journey on the road is enjoyable and safe, we're excited to bring you four additional tips for 2023. Buckle up as we add these essential nuggets of wisdom to your driving arsenal, making it an even more comprehensive guide for navigating the highways and byways.

1. Be mindful of your surroundings

As a new driver, it's crucial to stay aware of your surroundings at all times. Pay attention to the traffic around you, check your mirrors regularly, and be aware of potential hazards. Anticipating the actions of other drivers can help you react quickly and avoid accidents.

2. Practice defensive driving

Defensive driving is a skill that can save lives. Always assume that other drivers may make mistakes, and be prepared to react accordingly. Keep a safe following distance, avoid aggressive driving behaviors, and use your turn signals to communicate your intentions to other drivers.

3. Stay focused and avoid distractions

Distractions, such as using your phone or adjusting the radio, can significantly increase the risk of accidents. Stay focused on the road, keep both hands on the wheel, and minimize distractions inside the car. If you need to use your phone, pull over to a safe location.

4. Learn basic car maintenance tasks

While you don't need to be a mechanic, knowing some basic car maintenance tasks can be helpful. Learn how to check and top up fluids like oil, coolant, and windshield washer fluid. Familiarize yourself with the location of the spare tire and how to change it. These skills can come in handy in emergency situations.

Remember, driving is a skill that improves with practice and experience. Stay patient, stay informed, and most importantly, enjoy the journey on the open road!  If you need help after an accident, come to CARSTAR Robert's Collision in Monterey, CA, today, and we'll help all the new drivers out there prepare for the road. Please schedule an appointment with us today, and see what makes us so unique in the Monterey community!


6 Tips For Our New Drivers

If you're a new driver, congratulations! You're about to embark on a great adventure. But before you hit the open road, you should know a few things about keeping your car running smoothly. Here are seven tips for new drivers that will help you keep your vehicle in tip-top shape.

1. Get to know your car's owner's manual

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people don't bother to read their car's manual. Your car's manual contains important information about your vehicle, so take the time to read it from cover to cover. Not only will this help you be more familiar with your car, but it will also help you troubleshoot any problems that may arise.

2. Get regular oil changes

One of the most important things you can do for your car is to get regular oil changes. Depending on your vehicle type, your car's manufacturer will recommend a specific interval for oil changes. But as a general rule of thumb, most cars need their oil changed every 3-5,000 miles or so.

3. Check your tires regularly

Another important thing to do is to check your tires regularly for wear and tear. It's important to keep an eye on your tires because they are what keep you safe on the road. You should also check your tire pressure frequently and inflate or deflate your tires as needed.

4. Stay up-to-date on recall notices

Unfortunately, sometimes car manufacturers make mistakes and have to recall certain parts or vehicle models. That's why staying up-to-date on recall notices is important by checking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website or signing up for email alerts from the NHTSA.

5. Get familiar with common warning lights

Your car has many warning lights that come on when something is wrong with your vehicle. Some warning lights are more serious than others, so it's important to get familiar with what they all mean. That way, if one comes on while you're driving, you'll know whether it needs immediate attention or if it can wait until you get home.

6. Don't neglect preventive maintenance

Preventive maintenance is key to keeping your car running smoothly and avoiding costly repairs down the road\. That's why it's important to follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule, usually found in your car's manual, and take your car in for regular checkups. These tips will help you keep your car running like a dream!

New drivers, we hope these tips were helpful! Remember, preventive maintenance is key to keeping your car running smoothly long term - so don't forget those regular checkups! Drive safely out there!



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