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7 Things You Should Probably Know About Cars If You're In Your 20s

You’re in your 20s so you’ve probably been driving for awhile. There are a few essential things that you really should know by now. Here are a few of them.

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1. How to change a tire

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It is going to happen at some point in your life behind a wheel, and there’s a good chance that you are too broke to pay for roadside assistance. And even if you have roadside assistance, it can sometimes be quicker and easier to change the tire yourself. Plus, you’ll feel like a boss afterwards.

3. What it means to be a safe driver

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Come on, this is just common sense. And yet, drivers in their 20s still make up 27% of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes. Don't believe it? Take a look at this video.

4. How to deal with mechanics

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Despite their reputations, car mechanics are generally honest. However, in order to get the best quote for a repair, you should first call around a few different mechanics in your area and find out which is the cheapest. Be warned though, if a quote is dramatically cheaper, they may be cutting corners, and it might cost you in the long run.

5. How to drive in all weather

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There’s a good chance that you still don’t know where you will end up living in the long run. This means that there’s also a good chance that, at some point in your life, you will have to drive in most kinds of adverse weather. Educating yourself on how to drive in each one will help you and those around you immensely.

6. Basic checks and repairs

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Some things are expensive to take care of at a mechanic, but actually very easy to do yourself. A few of the things you should know how to do are: checking and altering tire pressure, checking tread depth, changing wiper blades, and checking and replacing fluids.

7. The value of your car

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It is important to know the value of your car. Eventually you will reach a point at which the cost of your repairs will start to outweigh the overall value of your car. At this point, it is probably time to replace it. Knowing the year, make, and model is essential for figuring out the value of your car, but it will also help you find insurance.

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