When you’re busy taking care of your family and carrying out your professional duties, the last thing you want is to worry about the reliability of your teen’s car. Ensuring that your vehicle is ready for them ahead of time saves you a future headache. By implementing a few of these methods dedicated to making your car safer for your new teen driver, those worries can hopefully scoot to the back of your mind.
Keep Your Wipers in Good Condition
Consider changing your wipers to make sure your young driver doesn’t run into any issues that would make their commute difficult. High-quality wipers last about a year, but without them, maintaining a clear view of the road becomes a real struggle. Having wipers in good condition is especially crucial for late rainy nights when rain reflects the light of oncoming traffic.
Change Out Dim Lights
Typically, you should replace the front lights of your vehicle after using them for up to a thousand hours. However, there are some lights that last well over that amount, lasting tens of thousands of hours. When the vehicle’s lights seem noticeably dimmer than before or cannot illuminate the road, it is best to get a new set right away.
Maintain Your Brake System
Despite how confident they might be behind the wheel, there may be moments where your teen driver loses focus for a brief moment. Having a reliable braking system to keep them safe is crucial. Prioritize extending the lifespan of your brake system and replace the brake pads or rotor discs based on their condition in the car.
Use an Auto Maintenance Log
For each vehicle you own, take note of the following:
What should you check?
- Engine Oil Level
- Tire Pressure
- Air Filters
- Brake Fluid Level
- Coolant/Antifreeze Level
- Windshield Washer Fluid
- Oil Filter
- Transmission Fluid
- Battery/Steering Fluid
- Battery Cables
Every 6 Months Check-Up
- Head Lights
- Brake Lights
- Brakes And Wheel Bearing
- Wiper Blades
- Spare Tire
- Exhaust System
- Steering And Suspension
The less you need to worry about the reliability of your kid’s car, the better. Lift the weights on your shoulders by using these methods to make your car safer for your new teen driver. Once you’ve taken proper precautions with the vehicle, the only thing left is to instill the importance of safety before sending them off to their next adventure.
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