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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 avoid panicking when your brakes fail

If you want to stop, but your car has other ideas, all is not lost. You can still steer to safety. Here's how.

Step 1: Carefully check under the brake pedal with your foot.
A stray soda bottle or baby rattle could be jammed under the pedal. If nothing's there, here's what to do next.

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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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