Atlanta’s New Drivers Need to Learn More than Just the Rules of the Road

Trust me. I know. When you hand over the keys of the car to a teenager, there is a lot of anxiety that comes with it. Of course, before that day comes,  parents put their children in a driving school, or teach them in an abandoned parking lot.  However, there is one thing though that few driving students ever learn, and that is basic car care tips.  Owning a car means more than learning how to get from point A to point B, it also entails knowing how to keep your car running, and knowing how to fix and prevent problems.

So, if you have a teenager that is about to learn how to drive, walk them around the car and under the engine and show them how things work.  Here’s some good things to teach them.

  • Explain that all cars, new and old, need regular attention. Make sure your teenager knows and follows the maintenance schedule for her car. In addition to making a car safe to drive, preventive maintenance can save thousands of dollars during a lifetime of driving.
  • Don’t overlook the owner’s manual. This is full of information about the car that your young driver may never know unless he is familiar with this automotive bible.
  • Make it fun. There are myriad sites on the Internet that are fascinating for young and old drivers alike. Some have Q & A sections. Let your teen send the tough questions to the professionals.
  • It’s probably been a while since they went on a field trip. Take them with you to the repair facility, the tire store, the body shop and wherever you have automotive work performed. Get them accustomed to the automotive world-its people, places, jargon and prices.
  • There are hundreds of books available on this subject. Many are written specifically for non-technical audiences; some are even humorous. Buy a few and make them required reading for the licensing process.
  • Make a plan. What happens if the car breaks down, your child has a wreck, or the car gets stolen? What if no adults are home to receive the panic call? Whether you want your teenager to call your family repair facility or Aunt Sadie, give some instruction and put important phone numbers in the glove compartment.

Whenever you do any repairs at home, have your new driver help you and show them the things that you are doing to repair the car. If you are looking for a car for your new driver, then bring them into the Southtowne General Motors Superstore. After all, we planning on being their car dealer for life anyway.

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