So, you finally have your driver’s license, a car, and some newfound freedom. You’re excited to spread your wings and gain your independence from Mom and Dad. The quickest way to lose it, however, is to use it irresponsibly. With privilege comes responsibility. To help you hang onto your new lifestyle, here are ten things every teen should know about cars and driving.
Minor Car Care and Maintenance
Determine the correct tire pressure for your car from the owner’s manual, and then keep track of your tire pressure with a tire gauge. You should know how to safely change a tire on the side of the road by yourself. Another common skill you should have is being able to jump start a car. It’s important to know how to check your car’s oil level to keep from ruining the engine. Frequently check all exterior lights to ensure they’re working properly. Lastly, when a check engine light comes on, it means that there is a system problem in your car. Don’t ignore it; seek help from a professional.