My oldest is learning how to drive and it’s a pretty exciting time for him. It’s something he’s been looking forward to for the longest. However, before we hand over the keys to him, there are a few things his father wants to make sure he knows is set free on the road. As with any teen, knowing the basics of auto care is important. Teaching them the essentials of car care and maintenance can help keep him or her be as prepared as possible in the event a situation arises.
If you have a new teen driver in your house, you’ll want to be sure they that they not only have a safe and reliable vehicle but also the know how of basic care knowledge before a maintenance issue comes up. It will also give you some piece of mind knowing that they have the maintenance knowledge they need to keep their “ride” in excellent shape.
- How to change a tire
I think every driver should know how to do this. You never know when you (or your teen driver) may end up on the side of the road with a flat tire, so be prepared. First, make sure your teen’s car has a spare and the proper tools to change a tire. Next, you want to teach them how to change the tire out.
If you’re not too sure how to change a tire yourself, no worries, Youtube has several good videos will help. Remind them to always drive slowly and non-stop home, or straight to an service center like the one at Clear Lake Chrysler Jeep Dodge after they’ve replaced the tire.
- How to check tire pressure and air up tires
Teaching your teen how to properly put air in their tires and how much air is important. You do not want them over or under inflated. If tires are unevenly worn or have bald spots on them, it’s probably time to purchase some new ones.
- How to check fluid levels
Your teen should know how to check oil, power steering, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid levels especially the oil. To check the fluid levels, the car should be parked on a level surface and the engine should be turned off. The cars owner’s manual should also be placed in the car for a handy resource for the proper procedures.
- How to jump start a car battery
Every driver should know how to jump start a car battery the safe way. To get started, both vehicles should be in park, or neutral, with engines off and parking brakes engaged. A quick search on google will give you info on how to properly do this.
- What to do in case of an emergency
Every car should be equipped with emergency supplies. Things like jumper cables, tire pressure gauge, a flashlight and hazard signs. It’s also a good idea to keep a bottle of water and a snack in the car should the driver ever become stranded. Being prepared goes a long way.