5 tips from Sacha the car badass

by thefeargirls

 sacha_bicon By Sacha

Before you get in / turn on your car here are 5 things to think about:

1. Tire pressure. Make a mental note of what the tires looks like. If you have low tire pressure means your odds of getting a flat are high. It could also suggest there may be a nail in one of your wheels. Nails will usually fly out while you’re driving which means you could get a flat on the freeway which is no good. Also, if there is no tread on your tires it’s time for a change.

2. Check for oil spots. You may call it odd, but when I pull in a parking space I always look at the ground before I park. I’m looking out for oil or water spots, that way, when I come back later I can check to see if anything is leaking from my car.

*Note: if you run your air conditioning there will be a puddle of water under your car after you park it—so no worries there.

grew up in Los Angeles and has held a variety of jobs not excluding vet tech and working with a number of different wild (and sometimes very dangerous) beasts. She learned quickly that it is important to know basic handiness despite correlation with it being ‘for dudes only’.

Her fear is that women avoid basic skills that are typically associated with men in society.
3. Say ‘no’ to key chains. Never put 8 million rings on your car key chain. The weight will ruin the life of your ignition.

4. Learn how to check your oil and know where your oil dipstick is.

a. Check first thing in the morning when the car is cold—not when it’s been running.

b. It’s always good to have in your trunk a small funnel and rag. When you check the oil your going to need to wipe off the oil with something (enter rag). The Funnel is for if some reason your car becomes super low on oil you’ll need to add oil, you need the funnel otherwise you’ll spill oil all over the engine.

5. Know your car’s diet. Obviously you know what gas does (you do know what gas is for, right?) but what about oil? The oil lubricates everything in your engine. If you have no oil you’ll blow your car’s engine. Other than gas, oil is the most important thing you have in your car. A full amount of oil—but not to the point where it’s leaking—is crucial.

BONUS ROUND:

Q: What do you do if your car is overheating and you can’t safely pull off the road?

Sacha’s Answer: Quickly turn on the heater! The way the heater works is it blows cold air over the engine and pushes the hot air over to you.


Sacha grew up in Los Angeles and has held a variety of jobs not excluding vet tech and working with a number of different wild (and sometimes very dangerous) beasts. She learned quickly that it is important to know basic handiness despite correlation with it being ‘for dudes only’.

Her fear is that women avoid basic skills that are typically associated with men in society.

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