When I took Private Pilot flight instruction there was much emphasis on the physical well-being of the aircraft. Perhaps it’s because of that added feature, over and above operating a vehicle in just one plane, called elevation. Safety is the main factor driving this concern.
However, aviation engines are very expensive to purchase and maintain, but expensive is a relative term. To many, car engine replacement or repairs could also be rather tough on a budget.
Pilots physically check engine fluids (and check fuel conditions) prior to nearly every flight.
Not only was I required to purchase books and materials for flying an aircraft and for learning about weather, but I was required to purchase an Owner’s Manual for the type of aircraft I would be flying for my lessons. Furthermore, I had to read that manual and was tested on the information.
I’m not recommending to anybody to read a car’s Owner’s Manual in one sitting, but rather a little at a time.
I know that every one of my cars manuals contain a recommendation/admonition about checking engine oil at every fuel fill-up.
What are car manufacturers doing to help educate people? Nothing?
Cars are becoming appliances and many owners don’t start their cars any more, they “turn them on” as one would with any appliance.
Cars tell people when to change oil and do other maintenance and people seem to be amazed that the car didn’t say anything about adding oil between changes when the engine blows up! Stupid car.
Sales folks could help educate buyers (AFTER the actual sale, but before owner leaves dealership) about the need to check AND adjust under-hood fluids regularly and they could show them how (after they learn to do this themselves). Another shocker is when people find out that warranty may not cover running a vehicle out of engine oil during a 7,500 to 10,000 mile change interval.
Thanks! I feel better, now.