Though almost every teen loves the idea of having a car, relatively few of them are interested in how cars work. If you’re going to give your teen the freedom of driving his own car, you should also give him the responsibility of maintaining the car himself. This will take a load off your shoulders and provide your teen with important life skills. Here’s a look at how you can teach your teen about car maintenance.
Going Over the Basics
First, it’s important to introduce your teen to the basic anatomy and function of his vehicle. Pop open the hood and point out the engine, radiator, transmission, and other components. Explain how gears work, which kinds of fluid the car needs, and how it’s important to keep an eye on engine temperature gauge. If your teen has a basic understanding of how his vehicle works, he’ll be better equipped to maintain it.
Checking the Oil
One of the most important aspects of vehicle maintenance is knowing when to check and change the oil. You might take a minute to explain to your teen the purpose of motor oil, which is to lubricate the engine’s moving parts. It’s also a good idea to show your teen how to remove the dipstick and check the oil level and color.
Measuring the Tire Pressure
Since the tires are the only parts of the car that actually touch the ground, maintaining them is especially important. To reduce the likelihood of a blowout, show your teen how to check tire wear and measure the tire pressure. Let him know that a tire can be seriously underinflated even it appears to be properly inflated.
During driver training at Top Driver, your teen will learn a lot about vehicle maintenance and safety. It is our goal to help Chicagoland teens become safe, responsible drivers. If you have any questions about our driver training, please visit our website or call (888) 471-5418.