5 Things to Teach your Teen Before they Learn to Drive

Preparing a teenager for the open road can be a daunting task. New drivers are often clueless about basic car care and emergency procedures. It is important for them to learn how to handle common obstacles encountered on the road. Proper knowledge of vehicle maintenance, troubleshooting, and emergency procedures offers increased safety while driving.


Years of practice prepares seasoned drivers for complications with an automobile. Younger individuals may not be familiar with some of the sounds or activity of a car in trouble. Be sure to explain the meaning of different symbols on the dashboard and sounds that occur when problems are present. For example, the brakes present with a significant screeching sound when they begin to go bad. Many teens continue to drive when a check engine light is lit. Share procedures for getting the car diagnosed. Many automobiles stores run free diagnostics.  Help your teen understand the importance of this service.

Emergency Protocol

Road emergencies call for quick thinking.  The first wreck of any teen is a learning experience. Even small altercations involve conversations with the opposing driver. Keep a checklist of necessary information in the glove compartment. Make sure insurance cards and phone numbers are within easy reach. The list will ensure that the teen acquires the insurance and contact details of the other driver. They may also benefit from understanding how to call in a claim and how to determine when police intervention is necessary. Prior rehearsal of emergency procedures help adolescents stay calm during actual encounters.


A teen should be aware of tires that leak or suddenly incur a flat. Tires that become deflated on the road impede safe driving. The car may swerve or become difficult to control. Teach teens how to stay in control by steering slowly and carefully to the side of the road.  All drivers should know how to add air to the tires and the optimal tire pressure for their vehicle. Roadside service often relied on for changing a flat tire. Tire changing, however, can be a valuable skill.


Teach the different scenarios that can cause a battery to drain. Reinforce that all inside and outside lights must be off when the ignition is turned off. Jumper cables should be stored in the vehicle. Make sure your teen knows how to use them. Cable connectors must be placed on a certain part of the batter to prompt changing activity. Dangerous sparks could appear and injure your child if not handled properly. The removal of a battery is an easy, straightforward operation. Teach your early driver how to take the batter in to be tested, and installation procedures for new batteries.


Automobiles rely on a variety of fluids to run smoothly.  Teen drivers need to know where each fluid is added. Take this opportunity to get under the hood with your child. Practice checking the oil level, adding water, and refilling the windshield wiper fluid. Steering fluid is also an important component. Discuss the proper type of oil and radiator fluid used on your particular vehicle.

Teenagers who are aware of basic car care needs make better drivers. They know when to pull over and ask for help. Emergencies can be frightening for anyone involved. A driver that is prepared with an emergency protocol is more likely to stay calm. Teenage drivers should be able to identify a problem, use jumper cables and add fluids to their cars. Take the time to prepare your teen for the road ahead.

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5 Things to Teach your Teen Before they Learn to Drive

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