For most families, other than our home, the most important asset we own is our car. Family life requires reliable transportation and there is no getting around that fact. Every time we leave our driveway headed to our jobs, practices, meetings and churches, it’s taking a toll on the car. Proper maintenance is essential, and that gets very expensive when we add up the costs.
A wise saying goes, “Don’t drive as if you own the road. Drive as if you owned the car.” We need to take special care of these important machines. Men who have the skills to maintain their car are a dying breed. The technology has become beyond home remedies, and the ease of outsourcing regular service can be found seemingly on every street corner. Hector’s Oil Change is more than happy to charge to change your oil. However, as an All Pro Dad, we are always looking to improve our games. There are basic car skills we can easily learn and save our families money for other areas and there are memories waiting to be made with your kids under the hood of your car.
Here are 5 easy car lessons that every man needs:
1. Changing the Oil.
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. After so many miles, it begins to break down and needs to be replaced. That generally happens anywhere between 3000-7500 miles, depending on your make and model. There are no shortages of places that will charge us to do this service, but we can do it ourselves at a much cheaper cost. To show us how, here is a great video from “Eric the Car Guy.”
2. Maintaining Tires.
There are 4 parts of a car that touch the road. The tires. Everything we hold dear inside that car (our family) is counting on them. Maintaining our tires, which includes proper air pressure and regular rotation, is important for our safety. It also helps with better gas mileage and getting the longest life possible from them. “Eric the Car Guy” teaches tire maintenance in this video.
3. Jump Start a Dead Battery.
It’s happened to all of us. We walk out in the morning to our car to leave for work, turn the key in the ignition, and the car won’t start. The battery is dead. We could call AAA and wait an hour for help to arrive. Or we could use the jumper cables we keep in the trunk, and get the car cranked in 5 minutes. Eric teaches us how to do that in this video.
4. How to Change a Flat Tire.
A flat tire can happen anywhere. We are driving on rubber, not steel, and it can be and will be punctured. In the case of a flat tire, most people call AAA and wait. But if it happens in a remote area we need to know what to do. Inside every car are the tools required to change that tire, and each vehicle is required to have an operational spare available. Here’s how to do it.
5. Understanding How Your Car Works.
When we grasp an overall concept, it is much easier to understand the individual nuances involved. This applies to our automobiles. When we know what the parts are and what they do, we can take care of our valuable commodity properly. Once again, Eric the Car Guy gives us a valuable resource with this video.
Huddle Up Question
Tell them about your first car.