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Teens and Driving: Tips for New Teen Drivers

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A drivers license and/or owning a car is one of the biggest responsibilities your teenagers may have. Here is a list of things they should know how to do before they go out on the road - complete with what should be kept in the car for emergencies.

  • Pump their own gas
  • Check and add oil
  • Check the brake fluid
  • Check location of spare, jack and lug wrench
  • Change a tire
  • Add windshield washer fluid
  • Check the car's coolant
  • Learn how to jump start the car
  • Learn how to take off and put on windshield wipers
  • Practice left hand turns
  • Practice three point turns
  • Prepare an emergency car care kit:

    Before your teenager actually uses their kit in an emergency situation, have them take some time to familiarize themselves with the items they've collected and how to use them properly. An example of this would be to let them set off a flare.

  • Four 15-minute roadside flares & a lighter
  • A gallon of water
  • A basic first-aid pack
  • Dried fruit, nuts or other nonperishable food
  • A bag of cat box filler or rock salt
  • A large flashlight and extra batteries
  • Oil and a funnel
  • Tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, socket wrenches, etc.
  • List of phone numbers to call
  • Jumper cables
  • Blanket
  • Rags
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Roll of duct tape

    Did You Know?
    Any cell phone will dial 911 and get through to emergency services ~ even if it is not connected to a phone service.

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