We’re always excited when our children get their driver’s license and can head out to take their first ride. Luckily, I don’t have to worry about that for a while. However, there are some things that I believe our teens need to be taught about cars in general before they head out with their own cars.
How to put gas in the car
You may think this is self-explanatory but if you’ve seen the recent videos showing kids try to pay for gas with cash, you’ll understand why I think this is important. I want to make sure my kids understand what to do so they don’t get gas inside the car and all over themselves. It never hurts.
The tire size
This isn’t always necessary but it’s best they learn about these types of things. I know that the dealership has my tire size on file and anywhere I take them, they can figure it out. However, I’m also the type to call around for the best price, especially if I only need one. So, knowing the size helps when you need to tell someone over the phone and you won’t waste anyone’s time.
How to replace the wipers and add wiper fluid
I know a lot of these things can be done at the dealership but I like to be able to learn these things on my own. I’ve ordered my wipes and had them delivered before. So, knowing how to change them was important. You also don’t want your child stuck on the side of the road in the middle of winter because they can’t see. Wiper fluid is important.
What to do when the check engine light comes on
I remember the first time my check engine light came on. I had no idea what to do, where to take my car and what was even wrong. It ended up being a minor issue but it freaked me out. I found out that you can get your check engine light checked at most auto parts stores for free.
When the oil should be changed
Most of the time, where ever you get your oil change will leave a sticker on your windshield reminding you of when you need another oil change. If you do the oil changes yourself, it is something you need to keep track of. Use your car’s manual to figure out how often you need to change it and keep track. That way, you won’t forget when it is time.
There are plenty of other things that need to be remembered… what is something that you feel you need to pass on to your teen before buying them their own car?