Once your teen has his or her new vehicle, here are a few things they’ll need to know to keep it running smoothly.
Need a Jump?
If your teen “accidentally” leaves the car lights on for hours, he’ll need to jump-start the battery. Working with jumper cables can be a bit intimidating the first time, so familiarize your teen with the steps so he’ll know exactly what to do if the time comes.
Fix a Flat
Nothing is more frustrating than a flat tire, but teaching your teen to change one safely can get him on the road again. In addition, store a flat-tire repair product in their emergency car kit. This can provide a temporary band-aid so your teen can drive the car to the shop and get the tire fixed properly.
Is that bright red oil can symbol on the dashboard an annoyance—or an immediate action item? The owner’s manual typically provides a description of the various lights on the dashboard and the steps that should be taken if one is activated.
Speaking of dashboard lights, the oil can symbol alerts your teen that it’s time for a change. If the car runs a bit short before the next scheduled oil change, teach your teen to add oil, if necessary, to keep the car running smoothly.
An engine that begins overheating can be a daunting problem. Teach your teen how to check the coolant and how to safely add some, if needed.
Setting up your teen with how to keep safe and what to prepare for while driving will only set them up for success.