Knowledge prevents Breakdowns

Knowledge prevents Breakdowns

I’m a girl. And I drive a car. And when I first learnt to drive (34 years ago in the age of the manual car) my father insisted on teaching me about how the car works. I learned how to check and change the oil, how to change the fan-belt, how to change a tire, how to jump start the car, how to let it warm up in the winter before driving off (who remembers the endless pumping of the clutch), and of course how to drive a manual vs automatic car.  He taught me how to listen for signs of diminishing performance – noises that weren’t quite right – so that I could employ early intervention. (more…)