Wheels and Wisdom: A Gen Z’s Guide to Car Maintenance

January 19, 2024

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Welcome to the world of adulthood, Gen Z! Stepping into the real world is an exciting and challenging phase of life. As you leave the comfort of your teenage years behind, now is the perfect time to embrace new responsibilities, possibilities, and self-discovery. Naturally, as you work through the challenges of adulthood, you might finally be considering buying a vehicle that will take you to the far places you will go. To prepare you for this next big step in your life, these few tips will guide you through the basics of car maintenance to keep your wheels turning.

  1. Read the owner’s manual

When you get your hands on your first car, you may be confused and overwhelmed by the many responsibilities that come with keeping your car in shape. But don’t panic, the car owner's manual is going to be your best friend. This handy booklet contains important information on your vehicle's required fluids, tire pressure, and maintenance plan. 

  1. Check and change oil regularly

Regular oil changes are essential for the engine of your car, much like software updates are for your gadgets. Regularly checking the oil level is important, especially when going on long road trips with your friends, family, or significant other. Otherwise, a smooth car ride would not be possible.

  1. Keep tires inflated

Adulthood can be very busy but make sure you find the time to check and maintain the proper pressure on your tires. This guarantees that you won’t have to have your tires replaced before their lifespan while also improving gas mileage. If you are confused about the appropriate pressure for your tires, you can find it on the inside of the driver's door or in your owner's manual. 

  1. Battery Basics

Nothing represents adulthood more than being able to jump-start a car and replace its battery. By knowing this skill, time and money can be saved in case of a dead battery. Dirt can also build up on your car’s battery which can cause leakage across the battery casing. To avoid this, simply remove surface-level dust whenever you have the time.

  1. Maintain a regular car cleaning schedule

Rain and bird droppings are just two of the things your car endures during its lifespan. These are unpleasant and can harm your car's undercarriage and paint, resulting in more serious problems. Maintaining your car's cleanliness could help you avoid bigger problems in the long run and increase its market value. 

In addition to ensuring the longevity of your car, these tips can also reduce the likelihood of unplanned breakdowns and guarantee your safety while driving. Being a responsible car owner doesn’t stop at proper car maintenance. It also means taking responsibility for accidents on the road. For this reason, it's crucial to protect ourselves and others from any financial or legal repercussions. With Paramount's CTPL policy, you can drive with confidence and preparedness for any unforeseen circumstance. For more information, visit https://plgic.ph/CTPL.