7 car care tips every female driver should know

By Oluwatobi Ogunrinde
Publish on June 24, 2019

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Women tend to be more conscious of maintenance than men. Unfortunately, this doesn't generally extend to their cars. If you own a car, maintaining should be on your schedule - we've listed 7 simple car care tips every female driver should know.

Before we dive into the simple car care tips that can help every woman enjoy her car, let’s take a quick look at a few questions - Are cars designed with only men on focus? Are cars designed only for men? Are cars driven only by men?

While the answer to the last two questions is a huge "No", the first question still remains a Yes!

Although the narrative is recently changing, all the same, the former population of male drivers totally validates the “Cars are designed for just men” claim. Cars used to be designed to satisfy the speed taste of men but basic maintenance and durability features were left out, which is exactly what a lady needs in a car.

A lot of women don’t like to get involved with mechanical stuff, the last thing they want is having to deal with a severed fan belt on the highway. On the other hand, the male folk don’t usually have a problem with these issues which became their instincts.

However, since women are consistently seen behind the wheels in the 21st century, it is best they understand basic car care tips that can save them a lot of trouble. That's why Naijauto has this article!

1. Choose a car that serves personal purpose

As a woman who doesn’t want to have even the slightest car hiccup, go for a car that serves your needs. Choose a reliable car, one with less fuel consumption, longer warranty, and a car that is safe for your child (if you have one). If you’re about to buy a particular car and you constantly hear people mentioning a specific problem with that car, avoid buying it. Everyone can’t possibly be wrong at the same time.

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A reliable car that has long warrenty is the first criterion a female driver should consider

2. Learn what you can about your car

Fixing cars are usually a man thing but if you have to drive as a woman, you should be ready to handle certain car responsibilities. It’s hard but in the long run, it would save you time and stress.

To be safe, peruse your car’s manual, avoid skipping articles and online videos about cars (just like we have on our page), and don’t forget to ask your mechanic about basic things. Your mechanic, husband, or brother won’t be always available to solve your car problems, you have to save yourself sometimes. If anyone is working on your car, don’t just leave it to them, look at what they’re doing, that way, you can avoid the same problem in the future.

However, if trying your hands on the engine can’t work for you, just leave it in trusted hands.

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3. Don’t forget to carry out regular car maintenance

This isn’t just for women, a regular maintenance schedule is for every car user. Although a lot of car users skip it, it doesn’t undermine its importance still. You can find recommended maintenance schedules on every car manual, depending on the mileage or number of years.

The schedule, if followed faithfully, will ensure the safety and quality of your vehicle over time. It will prevent bigger issues, retain your warranty for a while, and help you save a lot of money.

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On the schedule, there are certain things you can do by yourself, such as checking tire pressure or inspecting the level of fluids in your car. Other procedures will have to be carried out by experts, so take your car to a trusted mechanic.

4. Check tires and fluids regularly

Don’t just hop in and hop out with style, check the state of your tires and fluid level when necessary too. These are some of the basic things to look out for as a car user, especially when going on a long trip.

Before you leave your abode, check if your tires are deflated or over-inflated, it will help you avoid tire problems on the way. In addition, you can also check the car fluids before leaving your driveway - it could be engine oil, coolant or windshield wiper fluid. If they don’t have the right quantity, save yourself the impending stress by topping them up on the spot.

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5. Keep an emergency kit in your car

You should have first aid kits in your car, but car emergency kits are just as important. Some of these kits include a pair of jumping cables (you also need to know how to use them) to power jump the car battery, pliers, wire cutters, and screwdrivers will also come in handy.

Anything can come up, even in the middle of the night, so you need a flashlight to help you know your location as well as to see what you are doing.  A duct tape should be in that box too – you can tie anything that gets loose if you can’t repair it at the spot.

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Strictly follow those tips and you can enjoy every drive with your vehicle

You’re not heading for a picnic but a blanket and a few bottles of water can be just what you need at any point in time. Just be prepared.

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6. Never forget that you will have to spend occasionally in your car

Maintenance isn’t free, it will cost you money. As a woman, if all the “car fund” you have is just for fuel, you should just use the bus or a taxi instead. This is why you need to be prompt with maintenance, it will help you spend less.

7. Finding a good mechanic will save your life

You need a trustworthy car mechanic, one that won’t lie about the problem your car is having or try to sell you an expensive car part you don’t need. As a lady, any mechanic (which are usually men) will assume you don’t know the first thing about car parts, this is why you have to disappoint them and keep up with the basics as much as you can.

Find a mechanic that can deal with your car brand, and try to understand the problem or symptom you noticed before visiting the mechanic.

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Just as you maintain your bulk of shoes, huge closet, and a stack of make-up, include your car to that list.

So above are 7 car care tips every female driver should know. If you’d like to learn more, we have other life-saving maintenance tips on Naijauto!

A passionate writer hoping to educate people with every piece of her work. Oluwatobi enjoys writing about exotic cars, productive tech traits, workplace culture, and basic data science values. When she's not stuck on a new article, you will find her reading about international politics.

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