Presentation on theme: "Unit 3 Getting to Know Your Vehicle. Basic Vehicle Control ● The instrument panel is the panel directly in front of you as you sit in the driver’s seat."— Presentation transcript:
Basic Vehicle Control ● The instrument panel is the panel directly in front of you as you sit in the driver’s seat. Location of the gauges and warning lights varies from one vehicle to another
Instrument Panel ● Speedometer (1) ● Speed you are traveling (mph and km) ● Tachometer (2) ● Engine’s revolutions per minute. ● Odometer (3) ● Total number of miles the vehicle has been driven ●Trip odometer??
Instrument Panel ● Fuel Gauge (4) ● Amount of fuel in the tank *Try to keep at least half full in cold weather.* ● Temperature Light (5) ● Warns you when the coolant in the engine is too hot.
Instrument Panel ● Oil Pressure Light (6) ● Warns you when the oil is not circulating at the proper pressure. *Check oil level now and then* ● Alternator Warning Light (7) ● Warns that the battery is being drained, not generating enough electricity to run the vehicle.
Instrument Panel ● Brake System Warning Light (8) ● Warns you to release parking brake AND/OR ● If braking and the light comes on: part or all of your braking system is not working properly.
Instrument Panel ● Anti-Lock Braking System Light (9) ● Tells you if your anti- lock braking system is working properly. ABS keeps the wheels from locking (allowing you to steer) if you brake hard.
Instrument Panel ● Safety Belt Light (10) ● Reminds you to fasten your seat belt ● Air Bag Warning Light (11) ● Tells you if your air bags are working properly.
Instrument Panel ● Turn-Signal Indicator (12) ● Tells others the direction you have signaled to turn Use them when you are turning, change lanes or entering or exiting a parking space It’s The Law
Instrument Panel ● High Beam Indicator (13) ● Indicates high beams on
Vehicle Controls ● Vehicle controls characteristics and locations vary from one vehicle to another ● Each control does the same thing in each vehicle
Vehicle Controls ● Steering Wheel Adjustment (2) ● Tilts the steering wheel up or down ● Selector Lever (3) ● On the steering column or console ● Gear Selector ● Automatic or Stick Shift
Vehicle Controls ● Ignition and Starter Switch pg. 42 (4) ● Start vehicle ● Cruise Control ● Maintain speed without keeping your foot on the accelerator
Vehicle Controls ● Parking Brake (5) ● Keep the vehicle in place when parked ● brake-release or lever or pedal
Vehicle Controls ● Foot Brake Pedal (7) ● Slows or stops the vehicle ● Turns on brake lights in the back of the car ● Accelerator Pedal (8) ● Located to the right of the foot-brake, it increases and slows a vehicle's speed. BRAKE ACCELERATOR
More Devices ● Head Restraints ● Padded devices on the backs seats ● Help reduce whiplash injuries
More Devices ● Inside and Outside Rearview Mirrors ● Rearview mirror adjust to see completely out the rear window ● Left outside mirror view to the left and rear ● Right outside mirror view to right and rear
More Devices ● Turn-Signal Lever (10) ● Located on the left side of the steering column ● Up to signal a right turn or lane change ● Down to signal a left turn or lane change
More Devices ● Horn (9) ● On the steering wheel and used to communicate with other roadway users ● Hazard Flashers (11) ● Located on steering column or instrument panel ● Warn others that your vehicle is a hazard ● Both front and back turn signals flashing
More Devices ● Seat Adjustment Lever ● Located at the lower front or left side of driver’s seat *Could be lever in front* ● Sun Visor ● Located above the windshield to help control sun glare
More Devices ● Windshield Wipers and Washer (12) ● Clean the outside windshield ● Located often on the turn signal lever ● Light Switch (13) ● Controls headlights, tail lights, parking lights, instrument panel, license plate, dome light and high beams
More Devices ● Hood Release (14) ● Located on the left of the instrument panel or to the left of the driver’s seat ● Heater, Air Conditioner and Defroster (15) ● Control the temperature inside your vehicle ● Located on the right side of the instrument panel.
Gearshift Indicator Low (L or 2 and 1) allows engine to deliver more power to wheels at slower speed. Use to drive up and down steep hills (L1) Used to drive in snow (L2) Park (P) locks transmission. Car should be in PARK when start engine. Reverse (R) used for backing the car Neutral (N) the 0ut-of-gear position, used when car idling. The wheels are free to roll. Drive (D) is the forward gear. Normally use while driving. *Overdrive allows the engine to run more slowly and fuel efficiently at higher speeds*