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A vehicle owner's manual is you greatest resource.

 Have you looked at Your Owner's Manual? | New Driver Smart


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Hi there smart drivers, Rick with Smart Drive Test talking to you today about one of the most valuable resources that comes with your vehicle.

Yes the owner's manual.

If you want to know anything at all about your vehicle or how to drive that vehicle, the owner's manual should be your first stop for that bit of information.

Today we're going to give you a little bit of an overview of the owner's manual that goes with this vehicle behind me here, and give you some of the resources that you can find in the owner's manual that will help you to maintain your vehicle and drive it better.

Stick around, we'll be right back with that information.

If you have questions about your vehicle, most of the time you can find the answers to these in the owner's manual.


Hi there smart drivers Rick with Smart Drive Test, welcome back.

I'm talking to you today about the information that is readily available about your vehicle in your owner's manual.

Yes you should look in your owner's manual and have a peruse through that - owner's manual.

Especially for the type of maintenance that you should do to your vehicle, how often you should change the fluid levels - the radiator, the master cylinder, the oil, and all of those types of things your owners manual tell you - all of that information.

Safety Restraints

Now the reason I bring up the owner's manual is because I had a person--parent obviously, a new parent--ask me once how to install car seats--baby car seats--into her vehicle.

From symbols to gauges to dials and buttons, your owner's manual has all the information you need to drive your car smarter.

And I asked her in return to that question, "did you look in your owner's manual?" And so we went and retrieved the owner's manual, and looked in the owner's manual.

And believe it or not, on restraints in the vehicle that we were looking at, there were no less than 50 pages...

50 pages, dedicated to the information around safety restraints.

Not only for adults, but also how to install safety seats in that vehicle.

So safety restraints and safety features on your vehicle - there is a great deal of information in the owner's manual about that.


As well, cold weather starts, hot weather starts, what kind of fluid you should run in that.

The maintenance schedule - how often you should rotate the tires, how often you should change the fluid in the transmission - manual or automatic.

How often you should change the brake fluid, the radiator's fluid.

If you buy a car from a dealer, the sales person will go over the vehicle, but there is a lot of information that's not included.

What thermostat should be in the vehicle for the radiator? When the thermostat opens to circulate the coolant through the engine.

All kinds of information: the type of oil that you should be running in your engine and whether you can put different kinds of oils into your engine in the summertime, as opposed to the wintertime.

When you should change the differential oil in the rear end of that vehicle - tons and tons and tons of information.

How you should drive vehicles through mud and snow, how you should drive the vehicle on steep inclines - those types of things.

When you should change the fluids in harsh conditions, whether you're operating in sub-zero temperatures for extended periods of time, or you're operating in desert conditions and hot, hot, hot conditions.

All of this information is readily available in your owner's manual.

And I suggest to you....you don't want to read it cover-to-cover because it's written by technicians and it's not well-written - it's not interesting in any stretch of the imagination.

But it is a good reference and if there are any questions about your vehicle about maintenance and those types of things, what kind of fuel you should run it.

Your owner's manual is always your first stop for that information - the first place that you should look for that information rather.

What are the different positions on the light switch, and which setting works best for you. All these answers are in the owner's manual.

So the owner's manual - always look at your owner's manual.

Have a look at it and get a good idea about the vehicle that you're driving and what you should be doing in terms of how to drive it and how to maintain it and if you don't find the information there, you don't find the information on the Internet, always consult a good mechanic.

Question for my smart drivers:

Have you looked at the owner's manual for your vehicle? Do you know where it is in your vehicle?


Leave a comment down in the comment section there; all that helps us out.

I'm Rick with Smart Drive Test.

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Have a great day.

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