It doesn’t matter what car you own, the owner’s manual will have some painfully dull explanation and a step-by-step guide to help you through the pleasure of owning their car.
This could be anything from how to use the seatbelt buckle properly, or how to lower the back seats to create more luggage room or why you shouldn’t rub your tongue against the brake discs after a long journey.
Those dull explanations often mean we don’t read them, which is why we have compiled a list of things that you should really know how to do, yet wasn’t taught during any stage of your driving exam.
Times have changed, tires have got better and blowouts have become more uncommon. But, that doesn’t mean flat tires are a thing of the past, so it’s wise to know how to change a tyre because the day will come when you need to know how; trust us.
First off, make sure you are in a safe place before commencing. This means on the side of the road, in a well-lit place and with the handbrake on.
Then remove the spare tire from the boot, as well as the equipment that comes with it and proceed to jack the car up in the correct jacking place.
If there is a hubcap, this will need to be taken off so that the lug nuts can be removed before the car is raised. Once done and jacked up, remove the tyre and replace with the spare, remember to tighten the nuts in an X pattern, not circular.
Then lower the car, ensure everything is tight and get under way. But remember to get your flat tire repaired or replaced so that you are no stuffed in future.
The first thing that you need to do is make sure you’re fine, and that everyone else involved is okay too.
Then you need to make sure your hazards are on and that the emergency services have been called. It’s also important to note that failing to file an accident report, or fleeing from a crash scene, is illegal.
It may be that you can settle an accident through your insurance company. However, it is always wise to speak to some motoring offence solicitors to make sure you are as protected as possible, and acting accordingly under the law.
A lot of the time, the blame can be placed on a specific driver, and if that is the case you will require the best representation possible. This will be for the best interests of everyone involved.
Before jump-starting a car it is imperative to know it is definitely the battery that is causing the issue.
A great way to test this is to try the lights and the starter motor. If both are working to their fullest then the battery is likely to be working.
If it’s the battery, make sure you have a set of decent jump cables. This means rubber coated and able to handle the amps. After this, make sure you know which is the positive lead and which is the negative lead and attach them to the correct terminals of each car while the engines are off.
Once done, start the healthy car first and then proceed to start the car with the dud battery. Then remove the leads carefully, close the hoods and operate the cars as normal.