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Teens and Cars

Teens and Cars

Generally, when it comes to teens and cars, the main issue is safety, but it’s also important for teens to learn good car care.

Teens and college students from Vista, CA, Oceanside, CA, and anywhere else, who have their own cars, can learn safety and responsibility with regard to car care and begin to form good habits for a lifetime of driving. Research has discovered that many young drivers either don’t know what’s involved in good car care or put caring for their cars at the bottom of their list of priorities.

You can help your teen or college-age adult learn about good car care by beginning with simple maintenance steps they can take themselves on a regular basis. First, regular fluid checks are essential. Show him or her how to check levels of engine oil, brake fluid, washer fluid, power steering and transmission fluid, and antifreeze/coolant. Reduced fluid levels can affect performance and cause parts to fail when they wouldn’t ordinarily. Remind him or her about the necessity of regular oil changes, and perhaps set up a reminder system of required maintenance at the proper intervals.

Once you feel your child understands the importance of checking fluids, move on to teaching him or her about tires. Tires need to have enough tread to provide stopping power on different types of pavement and in different conditions. It takes much longer to stop on wet pavement than on dry. Testing tread can easily be done using a penny. Simply turn it to the side that shows Lincoln’s profile and place it into the groove headfirst. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.

Tire pressure should also be checked regularly. This means checking the spare as well as the four tires. Check the owner’s manual for the correct PSI (pounds per square inch), and encourage your child to check the pressure monthly and inflate as needed. Teaching your child to change a tire and making sure he or she has the proper tools in the trunk to do simple auto repair like this are added benefits.