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Most new drivers can't wait to get behind the wheel, but before you hand over the keys, there are several things your new driver should know. Along with driving comes responsibility. From checking the oil to scheduling a tune-up, a vehicle requires continuous care. Understanding a few basics about car care will keep new drivers safer on the road while extending the life of their vehicle. Here are some suggestions for a good first car and a few important tips for new drivers.

  1. Check the oil and other fluids. Power steering, brake, and transmission fluid, as well as windshield washer and antifreeze, should be inspected regularly. A local AAA Car Care Center can do this, so be sure to obtain a AAA membership for your new driver.
  2. Check the battery each season and replace it when necessary. Look for corrosion, and be sure the connection is clean and tight. 
  3. Check hoses and belts to make sure they are not showing signs of excessive wear. If you spot anything that looks frayed, cracked, or loose, bring your vehicle in for service.
  4. Have your brakes checked annually and your rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
  5. Watch for leaks and address the issues right away. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and require immediate attention.
  6. Check tire pressure and tread. Make sure your tires are inflated according to your owner's manual. If the tire tread is wearing unevenly, you might need a wheel alignment.
  7. Keep your vehicle clean to extend the life of the exterior and interior. Visit Sam's Xpress with your AAA member discount.
  8. Schedule a tune-up to make sure your engine is performing optimally. 

Consider buying a new or used vehicle through AAA's auto buying service with an extended warranty. AAA membership will provide your new driver with many benefits including discounts on travel and insurance. Introduce your new driver to your local AAA Car Care center and get the relationship off the ground.

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