Last updated 2 days 19 hours ago
There are a million reasons why your car may end up on the side of the road. A piece of debris may cause your tire to pop, your engine could suffer a mechanical malfunction, or you could get stuck in a ditch. Regardless of how you end up on the side of the road, you’ll be prepared if you have an emergency car kit.
Every emergency car kit should have jumper cables for jumpstarting a dead battery, a jack for changing a tire, and an adjustable wrench for minor repairs. It’s also a good idea to have rags, a flashlight, duct tape, at least one quart of oil, and some roadside flares so passing motorists can see you. You never know how long you might end up on the side of the road, which is why your emergency kit should have food, water, and blankets.
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Last updated 9 days ago
Though your car may be running well at the moment, there’s always a chance that you could end up stranded on the side of the road. To be adequately prepared for such a situation, it’s important that you always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.
This video offers apt advice on what to include in your vehicle’s emergency kit. First, you’ll need a large bag in which to keep your gear. Fill that bag with jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, a flashlight, a rain poncho, a first aid kit, and other important items. You should also have water, protein bars, hand warmers, and a blanket in case you have to wait in the cold for hours.
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Last updated 17 days ago
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.
Last updated 25 days ago
For a parent, teaching a teen to drive can be a bittersweet experience. While it’s easy to feel proud of a teen driver, many parents also feel a tinge of apprehension at the prospect of their teen cruising the streets. Still, with help from the right driving school, any teen can learn how to be a safe driver. As a parent, here is some essential safety information you should know:
Teens Are Vulnerable to Social Pressures
Teens are about three times more likely to get into a car accident than drivers who are 20 and older. Part of this is because teenagers—especially males—are more vulnerable to social pressures while driving. Many teenagers feel pressured to take too many passengers at once, drive fast to impress their friends, or otherwise drive recklessly.
Teens Are More Likely to Take Risks
Many teens are unfamiliar with what it means to be a safe driver. This, combined with the social pressures described above, leads teenagers to take more risks behind the wheel. For instance, a teen might be more inclined to send or read a text message while driving, or get behind the wheel after a night of drinking. As a parent, it’s your duty to explain that driving in real life is nothing like driving in the movies, and that recklessness can result in injury or death.
Driving Lessons Are Highly Recommended
While taking professional driving lessons is not necessary for your teen to earn his license, it is strongly recommended. Taking a driver’s education course from an experienced instructor can help your teen become more familiar with the rules of the road before he starts driving on his own. Driving lessons can also help your teen understand the dangers and responsibilities of driving.
To help ensure that your teen learns how to drive safely, rely on the driving instructors at Top Driver. We’re the largest driving school in the country, and we have several locations in the Chicago area. Call (888) 471-5418 to find out how to enroll your teen or yourself at our driving school.
Last updated 1 month ago
If you are the parent of a newly licensed teen, it is important to establish clear rules and boundaries for your young driver. By establishing the rules of the road, you will help to keep your teen safe behind the wheel. When you make your expectations clear, you will build a solid relationship of trust and respect between yourself and your teenage son or daughter. Here is a look at some guidelines for setting rules for your teen driver.
Distracted driving is a serious safety threat to teen drivers. Some common driving distractions include text messages, navigation systems, or other passengers. To help prevent the risk of distractions, it may be a good idea to prevent your teenage driver from using a device such as a cell phone when he or she is behind the wheel of the car.
When your teenager is new to driving, you may want to restrict the number of passengers that are allowed in the car. Many states have passed laws that prohibit teen drivers from traveling with passengers other than their parents or other responsible adult. Be sure to have your teen driver follow the laws regarding vehicle occupancy.
Establish a Curfew
Driving at night poses an additional set of safety risks to your teen driver. When you are setting the rules of the road, you may want to establish a driving curfew. By setting a curfew for driving, you will help ensure that your teen arrives home safe and sound.
At Top Driver, our expert instructors can help prepare your teen for a lifetime of safe driving. When you enroll your teen in our nationally recognized driving school, your son or daughter will receive the highest quality instruction. To learn more about how you can enroll your teen in our driver training program, contact us at (888) 471-5418.