Your car whether you like it or not is a part of your family. You need to take care of it well, give it a wash, feed it good fuel for it to run long and drive in a manner that doesn’t kill it fast. However despite taking many precautions, driving safely and even cleaning it regularly, like all things in life it must undergo a routine check up to make sure it is good to continue driving as it is.
What is a routine check up?
A routine check up or ‘servicing’ in other words is a maintenance process that is conducted by a qualified car service to make sure that all parts of your vehicle is working perfectly to the way it is supposed to. Of course this is not a perfect world and in machines, parts are bound to fail after long periods of use due to fatigue or even, parts may require cleaning and oil change (especially in engines) and so on. The older your car gets, it is most likely that parts will have to be replaced due to wear and tear.
When your vehicle is purchased there is a certain benchmark provided by the manufacturer as to when the next servicing should be performed especially for oil change. To perform these make sure you go to a trusted service centre and have an experienced mechanic in Campbellfield take care of it.
Avoiding Common Mistakes
Manually driven cars are what many say as the standard of driving any vehicle. If you are one of those car lovers that use a manual continuing the proud tradition of true vehicle drivers, you probably make some of these few mistakes unknowingly which are in fact damaging to your car’s condition as a whole.
The first is resting your hand upon the gear stick or shifter while the car is driving. Unknown to many your shifter is in direct contact with the gears inside the gear box and its prime purpose is to shift gears only. Resting your hand upon the shifter adds pressure upon the gear selector which can result in premature wear of it. The second mistake most drivers make is by accelerating to a halt during an inclined hill instead of holding the brakes. When driving up a hill, yes it can be difficult especially with the car going backwards every time you life your foot off the pedal, but by accelerating on first gear just so that the car doesn’t move causes premature wear of you clutch plate and adds a lot of strain on you engine. Instead of this it is better that you make use of your handbrake by holding it when you want to stop and releasing when you want to move. This takes practice but in the end your car will be in a much better condition.
Anyone will agree that driving an auto transmission car is easier than a manual transmission car. The manual vehicle has a gear box that allows the driver to shift the car from gear to gear like Neutral, to 1st gear, to 2nd gear, and so on. That means the vehicle is completely under the control of the driver allowing him/ her to accelerate or brake any time and any way they want. The auto has no stick shift, meaning the car will move automatically from 1st to 2nd gear and so on depending on how you accelerate – speed only increases gradually. While the auto vehicles are easier to drive, many drivers prefer manual vehicles because of the sheer sexiness of being fully conversant in shifting gears back and forth as needed. So what do you need to do to pass a manual vehicle driving test? Let’s find out.
Learn to Balance the Clutch
The clutch pedal is located on the far left and allows the driver to stop the vehicle and shift gears without letting the engine stop. Learning to “balance” the clutch is important when driving up or down an incline as you have to use the brake pedal to manage your speed. In a manual car, you can’t brake without depressing the clutch pedal or the engine stops, unless your brake speed is the same as of the gear you were driving in before. The latter takes a lot of practice and experience, so always depress the clutch and then brake. Test administrators check to see how well you can balance the clutch and the brake to the point that the both are slightly depressed, yet the engine does not stall and you can change gears.
Learn to Parallel Park
Car parking in Sydney is a must for both manual and auto transmission vehicle drivers, but is more difficult for manual drivers because the process is more complicated. You have to depress the clutch, change gears to ‘reverse’, and then slowly release the clutch while pressing on the accelerator to get the car moving backwards.
Release the clutch too fast, or press the accelerator too hard and you either kill the engine or crash into something. All the while you must be cognizant of your side mirrors, your rear view mirror and make sure your car parking is parallel to the vehicle next to you. Master this, and you’ve mastered the art of polite driving.
Learn to Make a U- Turn
This sounds like a trick question right? Who can’t do a U- turn? Not to mention that U- turns are illegal along most roads. But learning to do one properly involves some serious skill because you need to be aware of vehicles coming and going on both sides of the road (worse if it’s a four- lane road), whether or not the road is wide enough to allow a U- turn and be able to bank tight and make a complete turn. In a manual transmission vehicle, this involves making several quick gear shifts, balancing your clutch and brake while you wait for the road to clear (otherwise you can’t take off quickly in the small window you get), then shifting your gears again as you accelerate onto the other side of the road. You also need good spatial skills to judge where and when to make the U- turn. So learning to drive a manual vehicle isn’t easy but once you do you can show off your superior skills.