Why Reading Your Vehicle’s Instruction Manual is so Important

You can admit it, we’ll never tell – you’ve never read your vehicle’s owner manual, have you? Sure, we all skimmed it briefly to see how the air conditioning worked or how to program our favorite radio stations, but after that, it just languished in the glove box. But you really should pick it up again and read it through – it contains some juicy details about how you can make the most of your ownership experience.

Filled with important information such as setting up the new car, maintenance tips and schedules, and preparing for potential emergency situations, your vehicle’s car manual comes with many useful tidbits. Here are just a few of the topics your manual should cover:

Initial vehicle set-up: New cars come with an increasing number of custom settings. You may not be utilizing a few of those cool features, such as a tone for keyless access, delayed lighting and the audio system volume limit. Your manual will show you how to tailor them in order to improve your driving experience.

Maintenance schedule: It’s hard to keep track of everything in your life, and your car’s maintenance might be going unchecked. This is when your manual comes in handy – it provides details on when your car should be serviced and what to check.

Adjusting head restraints: What a pain in the neck head restraints can be. Restraints need to be tall enough to cushion the head above the top of the spine and most cars’ head restraints adjust for height. Ones that do not can be forced down in a crash, losing effectiveness.

Removing the spare tire and operating the jack: Nobody want to be stuck on the side of a road in the middle of a rainy night faced with this problem. Just like a boy scout, you should always be prepared, so read the manual and practice under ideal conditions so you’ll be ready if it ever happens.

Decoding dashboard lights: So many indicators on your instrument panel – what do they all mean? Open your manual and find out.

Tire pressure: A great thing about newer cars is that they have a tire pressure warning system that let’s you know when the pressure is low. The manual will tell you what the correct tire pressure should be, how to interpret warnings, and learn the right way to add pressure.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

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