Math Is Hard said:But Fred, isn't it kind of dangerous to try to learn how to do some of those things without any supervision or help? I saw one of my coworkers trying to jump start his car once and he didn't have a clue what he was doing. Sparks were flying all over the place and I was sure he was going to electrocute himself.
Not true. The things described(tire excluded) are pretty straight forward and I have not seen a owners manual that did not explicitly describe how to perform the required owner maint. Low tire pressures are dangerous and bad on fuel. Improper fluid levels can lead to loss of control (low power steering fluid can prematurely bear the rack and some ABS systems us the PS system as a pressure source and lets not even think what happens when brake fluid goes low) or destruction of things like engines. Another purpose of checking fluids is to determine their integrity. If your autotrans fluid is black or burn brown then it is bad(if you can check this some automakers have develope sealed syatems), brake fluid can go bad---turns brown, oil gets watery due to blowby, coolant goes bad due to age and corrosion... These are things that need to be checked bi-weekly at a minimum.
I agree with fred here I'm sorry. I think a basic maint test should be part of receiving a drivers license.