I’ll confess, I like cars. I may not be a full blown petrol head but I certainly appreciate the roar of an engine and that feeling of pure adrenaline that races through your body when you’re having a really good drive. I’ve been driving for a little under five years now and in that time have become very in tune with my vehicle, I can smell, feel, sense when something isn’t right, when my car isn’t performing its best and when it might be time to take a look under the bonnet. Here’s how you can use all your senses (minus taste) to become in tune with your car, to feel when it’s under the weather and keep yourself safe.
Perhaps the most obvious of the senses, sight, what can you see? Don’t ignore those warning lights, even if they have been there for a few weeks and you don’t really know what they mean. Have a good look around your windscreen, if that isn’t bird poop, but in fact a chip, then get it seen to before it cracks. Make an effort to walk around your car, check the tyres, the lights, the windscreen wipers. The more often you do this, the easier it is for you to start spotting when something isn’t quite right.
Now an abnormal sound is a tell tale sign that something might not be right with your car. You wouldn’t ignore your voice if it suddenly jumped three octaves so don’t ignore your car. If you start hearing a loud roaring noise then your exhaust could be broken, this is not only a loud inconvenience but also a danger to you and your passengers. You can get your car exhaust replacement in Dundee at Fife Autocentre.
Is something burning? Abnormal smells in your car could be an indication of an unhappy clutch or leaky oil. If you start to smell burning of any kind whilst driving pull over immediately. Let the car cool down whilst you assess the situation, look on the floor to see if any oil patches appear, lift the bonnet to see if there’s any smoke, check your water levels etc.
Touch is something that comes with time and the experience of your vehicle. I can tell immediately if my car doesn’t feel right, it could be an unusual vibration beneath the pedals or a pulling sensation at the wheel. A pulling sensation could mean a flat tyre and an unusual vibration could mean that the engine isn’t functioning properly. Either way, pull over to be safe and call a mechanic if it isn’t a problem that you yourself can rectify.
Do you feel in tune with your car? Let me know in the comments!
* This post was kindly sponsored by Fife Autocentre, but all opinions and information as always is my own.