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Forget charts, lengthy manuals, and over-the-phone tutorials from dear old Dad. With our videos, you'll learn how to do everything from jump-start a car to change a flat tire in 2 minutes or less.

How to survive a blown tire

If you hear a boom and your car starts to swerve, don't freak out. Use these tips to steer to safety.

Step 1: Gradually release your foot from the accelerator.
Don't panic and release your foot too quickly or brake suddenly — you could end up losing control.

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How to check your oil

We provide some tips that make checking your oil level super easy (without even getting your hands dirty).

Step 1: Park on a level surface.
If you park on a hill, you might not get an accurate reading.

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How to jump-start a car

Every once in a while, a good car battery dies. But you can bring it back to life.

Step 1: Get the cars within 2 feet of each other.
Make sure both ignitions are off. (If your car's a manual, place it in "neutral" and pull the parking brake.)

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How to park on a hill

Which way do you turn your wheels when parking on a hill? Find out.

Step 1: Find a big-enough parking space.
Just make sure that it's about 4 to 6 feet larger than your car.

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What to do if your engine overheats

Hot cars are cool. Overheated engines? Not so much. Here's how to handle an overheated car.

Step 1: Turn off the A/C and turn on the heat.
This transfers the heat away from your engine and into the car.

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How to change a flat tire

Why wait for a tow truck when you can change a flat tire yourself?

Step 1: Find a safe place to pull over.
Shut off your engine and engage the parking brake.

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How to parallel park

Unsure whether you can squeeze into that spot? Learn how to parallel park like a pro.

Step 1: Find a good-sized space for your car.
This helps prevent scrapes while you straighten out your car later.

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