We’re girls, and we're so powerful. We can do anything! We can cook, clean, sew, play sports, and even fix our cars. That’s right — we girls can even fix our cars, or at least we should be able to do some things to our cars to keep them running well. If you can’t do all of the things on my list, have a trusted mechanic (or your dad) teach you. It’s important! You don’t want to be a damsel in distress. Here are 7 car maintenance things girls should know how to do.
1. Change a flat tire
Flats happen, so you need to be prepared to fix them. Be sure you have a spare, or a “donut,” and make sure you have a jack and tire iron and know how to use them. You’ll find this endlessly helpful, and the first time you change a flat, you’ll feel fantastically proud.
2. Change and/or check the oil
Nowadays, oil changes are inexpensive, and with environmental regulations and the price of oil, it’s easier to let someone else change and dispose of your oil. But you should still know what happens when you’re oil is changed, and you also ought to know how to check your oil, and how to add more if you need it.
3. Check/adjust tire pressure
It’s not only dangerous to ride on over or under-inflated tires, it also drains gas mileage. That’s why it’s a good idea to know how to check your tire pressure, and if it’s low, how to add the right amount of air. It’s also smart of keep a few quarters in your car, because some air machines cost money.