What do you do when you get a new item such as new electronics or a big ticket item?
If you have been anxiously awaiting the newest model or been saving up for it, the first thing you probably do is a happy dance, pat yourself on the back and generally celebrate!
Then, what's next? You tear into the users' guide, manual, or operating instructions and learn all the great features your new gadget comes with and does.
It's the same with your car, right? NO! What do you mean? Yes, that little book in the glovebox has valuable information. How do you know how to work all the buttons and knobs? Just start pressing and turning? No, you need to at least glance through it and familiarize yourself with certain important features. Even if you don't do your own maintenance, there are valuable tips, guides and information in that wonderful little book.
Even if you bought a used vehicle, you can ask the dealer or person you bought it from about the manual. If they can't or won't help, there are a number of sites where you can order them directly for little or no charge.
With a little research, you can learn a lot more about your vehicle and maybe save yourself some aggravation down the road. There is no excuse to be uninformed about your vehicle.
Read the owners manual.