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7 Things to Teach Your Teen About Owning a Car

If you’re the parent of a teen driver, you’ll want to instill certain lessons about owning a car. The information that your teen learns from you can be used now as well as later in life to ensure better vehicle maintenance and greater safety on the road. Here are some of the most important things to teach your teen about owning a car.

The Necessity of Following Maintenance Schedules

Certain maintenance services are recommended for vehicles that have reached a certain age or mileage. Oil changes, tune-ups, and tire rotations are just a few maintenance services that should be performed when they’re due so that your son’s or daughter’s car can last longer and will be safer to drive. The brakes on the vehicle should also be checked at regular intervals to decrease the chances of getting into accidents on the road. You’ll want to stress the importance of checking the vehicle’s owner manual regularly so that your teen can know exactly when these maintenance services should be performed.

Getting the Best Insurance Coverage

You can also help your teen driver by informing him or her of ways to save the most on insurance coverage. As Verywell Family explains, you might consider adding your teen driver to your own policy to save money, or you can try to find a low-cost individual plan that will protect your teen from certain financial liabilities in the event of an accident, vehicle theft or a vehicle breakdown. It’s also a good idea to stress the importance of driving responsibility and how getting tickets and getting into accidents because of reckless driving will make insurance payments higher.

What to Do in an Emergency

An emergency situation with a vehicle might happen when it’s least expected, and explaining what your teen should do in the situation can help them remain calm and orderly. Phone numbers to the insurance agency and a local tow truck company should be programmed into your teen’s mobile phone. Your teen will also want to know what to do if they get into an accident, and providing a step-by-step tutorial will be to their benefit.

The Proper Way to Get Rid of an Unwanted Vehicle

Your son’s or daughter’s vehicle will eventually become old or sustain damage from wear and tear, and your teen should know the proper way to get rid of the unwanted vehicle. Selling to a junk car dealer is often a good option. Another way to unload an old vehicle while supporting a good cause in the process is to donate your car.  For example, you can donate a car in Utah to a kidney research foundation. Regardless of how the car is disposed of, your teen should know the proper way to transfer ownership so that they won’t be on the hook for any problems that could occur with the vehicle in the future.

The Importance of Cleanliness

Just like with your teen’s bedroom, you’ll want to instill the importance of maintaining a clean vehicle. Dirt, food and other trash items that are left to sit inside a car can attract germs and bugs that could be harmful to your teen’s health. It’s also good to inform your teen about the importance of keeping the vehicle’s exterior clean and how doing so can prevent damage to the paint and other exterior components.

Accessories Aren’t Everything

Many teens like to add flashy accessories to their vehicles so that they can be seen as “cool” while driving. Many of these add-ons, however, come with a hefty price tag, and your teen could face steep financial challenges if vehicle accessories are considered important. A simple, well-maintained vehicle can look and function just as well as a decked-out one and can leave your teen with more money to devote to other responsibilities and social activities.

Optimal Security Measures

All types of vehicles are prone to theft and vandalism, and having the right security measures in place can help keep your teen’s vehicle safe. A state-of-the-art alarm system is one of the best security implements to have for a vehicle and can ward off would-be car thieves and vandals. You might also suggest getting a device that locks the steering wheel so that the vehicle can’t be driven away by anyone else.

You’ll be able to breathe easier as a parent if you know that your teen is taking vehicle ownership seriously. The right advice can help your teen think with a clearer head when it comes to having a car of their own.

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