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Teenage Driver? 3 Skills To Teach Them Before Hitting The Road

Teenage drivers lack the experience to instinctively know what to do in an emergency. As a parent, it is your job to teach them the rules of the road as well as basic car maintenance before they start to drive on their own. What are some key fundamentals that you should teach them before they start driving?

Teach Your Teen Driver About The Electrical System

If a car doesn’t start, it could be because the starter is bad. It could also be because the alternator needs to be replaced or because the battery is dead. Teaching your teen the signs of symptoms of each problem may make it determine why the car won’t start. Knowing how to solve these and other electrical issues may prevent your teen from being stranded.

Teach Your Teen How To Change A Tire

Changing a tire is one of the most basic car repair skills any driver should have. Although it looks difficult, it is actually one of the easiest repair jobs a driver can undertake. Ideally, your teen will know to keep the car on a level surface, how to use the jack properly and how to unscrew the lug nuts from the tire. Once your son or daughter changes a tire once or twice, it won’t seem as daunting if it has to be done on a country road or late at night after work in the grocery store parking lot. Make sure you get a reliable tire for the spare, like those offered at Discount Tire Centers, to keep your teen safe.

Teach Your Teen How To Avoid Distractions

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car crashes and car crash deaths among teen drivers. You should stress the importance of putting down their cell phone, keeping the radio at a reasonable volume and refraining from eating or drinking while driving.

You should also make sure that your teen does not drink alcohol or consume any other impairing substance before getting behind the wheel. There may be apps that you can install on your phone that can help keep track of where your teen driver is and what he or she is doing while driving.

Getting in a car with your teen driver is one of the scariest experiences that you may face as a parent. However, if you teach them how to properly care for and operate the vehicle, your child will show the maturity and patience needed to avoid getting into a crash or getting a ticket. This will keep both your blood pressure and your insurance rates low as your teen gets more experience behind the wheel.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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