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As parents it is our job to get our kids prepared for the real world, and that includes driving. To be a competent and safe driver, they will need to know some basics of auto repair.
Low air in a tire can cause a blowout at high speeds and thus a wreck. Teaching your teens how to use a tire pressure gauge is very important. Also make sure they know where to find out how much air should be in the tire. It would be a good idea to take them to a gas station and teach them how to use the air machine; don’t forget to remind them to have quarters, cash, and an emergency credit card in the car at all times.
If a teen finds themselves beside the road of a lonely highway that no one uses and has no cell service, then it will all be up to them, literally. Practicing changing tires will come in handy in a situation like this. First of all, make sure there is a good spare tire somewhere on the car. Next, teach them where the jack is and how to use it.
Keeping the car manual in the car just in case they don't remember something is a good idea too.
Jump Starting Batteries
Jumper cables can be found in almost every automobile, but knowing how to use them is another matter altogether. It can be dangerous if you don’t know what you're doing. Make sure your teen is competent and knowledgeable in this area.
Every now and again there is damage done to the windshield. According to Martin Glass Co., rock chips are a common thing to have happen while driving down the road. Chances are your teen will have a need for rock chip repair at some point. While at the time and especially if it is warmer weather, it may not seem like a big deal. But as temperatures get colder that rock chip can form a crack in the windshield. This can become dangerous for when your teen is driving down the road. You will want to teach them that they need to have their windshield repaired as soon as possible.
Every vehicle needs to have emergency supplies in it at all times. Making sure the flashlight has fresh batteries and keeping bottled water and a protein bar on hand will make all the difference if your teen gets stranded somewhere.
Let’s teach our teens to be level headed, prepared, and safe while driving. A little extra time and effort now on our part can be the difference between life and death for them later.