Before your teen hits the road, there are some basic car fixes that they should know in order to keep them out of trouble if their car should ever malfunction.
Here are four car fixes your teen should know before hitting the road.
- Jump Starting/Replacing the Battery
It’s important that your teen knows how the battery works in the car and how to jump start the battery if it gets run down. They should also know how to replace the battery if it’s needed or at least know how to correctly attach the cables to jump-start it.
- Changing a Tire
A common issue when driving is experiencing a flat tire. It’s important to know how to put the spare tire on. Teach them to pull off to safe stops if their tire goes flat on the roadway. They should also have numbers in their glove box for mechanic assistance like Discount Tire Centers if a new tire or repairs beyond basic skill are required. It’s also a great idea to teach your teen how to drive to a safe stop when the tire goes flat on the roadway.
- Overheating Engine
If your teen is driving and the engine begins to overheat, they need to know how to safely cool the engine down and make any needed repairs. Start by showing them how to read a temperature gauge if the vehicle has one and how to recognize when it’s getting too hot. Demonstrate how to safely remove the radiator cap to help cool the engine and to check for any signs of worn or broken belts. Be careful of moving hot parts while inspecting the engine and trying to cool it down.
- Changing a Headlight/Taillight
Headlights and taillights are critical to safe driving. Show your teen how to replace a burned out bulb in order to keep them safe while driving at night. Headlights and taillights can be replaced easily in just a few minutes with basic tools.
These are just a few car fixes your teen should know prior to taking on the road without your supervision. Provide them with the necessary contact information if they get in an accident or a major car malfunction occurs. As you teach them these techniques, not only will they be safer and more prepared for the road, you’ll also have a greater peace of mind when they ask for the car keys.
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This is a guest post written by Meghan. Meghan is a freelance writer, blogger and researcher from Oklahoma.
She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.