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Learning to Drive: 4 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Teen About Cars

The thought of your son or daughter suddenly behind the wheel of a car can be scary for some parents. However, it can also be a source of immense pride, and you want to best prepare your teen for the road. You should teach your teen these four things about cars before they leave home.

Drive Defensively

Perhaps the most important lesson you need to teach your teen about cars and driving is to drive defensively. Defensive driving will lessen the likelihood of accidents and harm happening to your child. To drive defensively, your teen needs to learn to anticipate what other drivers will do. He or she cannot just focus on their own driving. They need to be aware of what’s going on around them as well.

Understand Insurance

Car insurance is not as complicated as other types of insurance, such as health insurance. However, it does have plenty of different, somewhat confusing terms and limits. For example, one thing you should make clear to your teen is that minimum coverage requirements are often not sufficient protection. Teach them about the differences between comprehensive and collision insurance on their vehicle and why they need to be insured against uninsured drivers.

Listen to the Vehicle

Being able to listen to the vehicle to not only detect but understand strange noises is an important skill. Teach your teen that the first step when identifying a strange noise is to find out where it is coming from. If they know the anatomy of a car, they can guess what might be wrong. For example, unusual buzzing or clunking, especially when changing gears, may indicate that the transmission needs to be repaired or replaced. If your teen is knowledgeable, they can more easily direct their mechanic to the problem and discuss their options.

Make Basic Repairs

It is very beneficial if your teen learns how to make basic repairs to a vehicle. It can save them a lot of money in the future. For example, the ability to change a flat tire will prevent them from having to call for help if they get one. It will be a major money saver if they know how to change a cabin air filter as well. If you want to get more advanced, you can even teach them how to change their own oil.

Teaching your teen about cars will save them money and keep them safe. It’s something all good parents should do for their new driver.

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Comment by CPI Results on February 17, 2018 at 5:57am

Thank you, Hannah. Being the parent of a teenager who just acquired a driver's permit, it can be a nerve-wracking time! These are 4 great tips to pass along to our new drivers! Much appreciated!

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