If you’re on the road and your vehicle breaks down, will you know what to do? Unless you know how to fix the most common problems, your options are limited. You can call a towing company, your auto club, a friend or your spouse. You may be stuck for quite a while in miserable weather, in the middle of nowhere or in an unfamiliar part of town. Wouldn’t it be better if you could prevent this type of situation from happening in the first place?

While you cannot prevent absolutely everything from going wrong when you’re on the road, a little preventive maintenance is a great idea. Whether you are a do-it-yourself car owner or you bring your vehicle to the dealer or a trusted mechanic for regularly scheduled maintenance, there are some things that all responsible car owners should know.

You’re not handy? Don’t know one part of the engine from another? Don’t worry! You don’t have to know how to do it all yourself. At a minimum, you should to know what to look for, what tools you should carry in your trunk, and who to call for routine maintenance.

Learning a couple of simple things — such as knowing what your emergency lights mean, how to check the oil and other fluids, and a few other basics — can mean the difference between being stuck on the road with a broken-down vehicle and getting to your destination safely. Let the accompanying infographic be your helpful road map to basic DIY car maintenance.

This infographic was created by Vince’s Towing