As a new driver, what did you learn about your car? I remember not learning anything about my car but learning about the road. I wanted to pass my driving test so bad, I studied my book front to back. But I did not study or learn about my car like that. Now as a mom of an almost driver, I wanted to go over some car tips that I learned later on in my life.
Do you know what side your gas tank is on? Have you ever driven someone else's car and needed to pump gas?
Also, some cars have a lever near the driver's side door to pull for the gas tank door to open.
Do you know how to use cruise control? I never did. I travel a lot and refused to use it. I was so scared to try it. I was afraid it would be stuck and I could not get out of the speed I was on. Some cars are different but the same concept.
The first car I drove around was my dad's hand-me down used car. It had many miles on it and it was a vehicle taking to and from school. I was not complaining. But again, I never inspected the vehicle and one day when I got a flat I was stuck on the road. This was way back when not everyone had a cell phone, omg, yes there was a time. So I was stuck on the road alone. Someone stopped to helped me and asked if I had a spare? I didn't know. Yes, naïve. Did I have a jack? IDK...So now any vehicle I get into, I always check to see if I have a spare and a jack, just in case.
If your car will make it, get off the road.
If you are on the freeway, head for the shoulder.
If your tire will make it, try to get off the freeway and head to a safe place to change the flat.
If you have roadside assistance, call them.
I always call a family member and tell them where I am, and my plan of action.
Tips like this can help when driving a new car, driving someone else's car, or being a new driver.
Recently driving the new 2016 Scion tC, I was able to check all of it's features out. For this car being a 2-door vehicle, it has a lot of space. Check out the truck space: