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Maintenance guide - Basic car maintenance tips for Teens

Snapshot: Things new driver in the family should know before heading out.

A new driver in the family? A teenage member of the family ?nally having the freedom and ability to drive own vehicle is great. Standard driving schools might have taught the basics of driving, but they hardly teach new drivers what they really need to know in order to keep the car running properly. Breaking down can cost a lot of money. One way to avoid costly repairs is to focus on the maintenance of your vehicle. New drivers should be prepared to face this challenge if they want to be a responsible driver. They should be made aware of how to deal with emergencies. Ensure that they have the emergency number. They should always carry a cellphone when going out with the car. We list a few useful tips for teenagers who have just passed their driving test.

Read car manual
All new cars come with this handy booklet. You can find information on all the features and operating parts of the car as well as proper maintenance tips (including the recommended type of oil, tyre pressure, and more). Pay attention to the service recommendations from your car’s manufacturer.

Get the paperwork in order
Try make sure the car has the proper insurance papers and registration in the vehicle. The papers should be up-to-date and should be kept in the car. Also make sure an updated copy of PUC is present in the car. Having all the documents help reduce the chances of headache when they required.

Being familiar with basics
Start with basics, such as checking oil, washer fluid, transmission fluid, battery cables and the coolant level. Make sure the new driver in the family learns that. They should be made aware that the car should have at least half a tank of fuel at any point of time. Also, they should not ignore the warning lights.

Changing the tyre
Teach them how to change a tyre and to replace it with the spare one in the boot. Also make sure the spare tyre in their car has air in it. It’s something that’s overlooked most of the times. They should know to get the tyre pressure checked regularly. Low tyre pressure can affect the fuel economy.

Set the emergency kit
There should be an emergency toolkit and a first-aid kit in the car, no matter how old the car is or if they just drive around the city. Make sure the teenage driver of the family knows where the kit is and what’s inside.

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