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Basic Car Maintenance: What You Need to Know About Your Car

Do you have a teen in your house that is excited about getting their driver’s license? If you’re looking at teen drivers ed, you will want to consider a course that will prepare your teen to be a safe and successful driver. 911 Driving School provides a well-rounded curriculum to educate teens on the laws of the road and basic car maintenance.

Teen Drivers Safety Education and Certification Course

911 Driving School provides classes with high-quality training. The Teen Drivers Safety Education and Certification Course provides information that will equip teens for any situation they may face as new drivers.

In this course, drivers learn the basic foundations for driving safely and the techniques to do so. They also learn how your car works, where important controls are located, and the laws of the road as well as driving etiquette. Your teen will understand the different road conditions that they may be driving in and how to handle the car in those situations. 911 Driving School also trains new drivers on basic maintenance procedures to keep their cars running safely. All this information helps to prepare them for when they will be driving on their own.

Basic Car Maintenance

The first step for your teen’s successful driving is to make sure your young driver is learning in a vehicle that meets state safety requirements. All the important controls need to work, such as the brakes, turn signals, windshield wipers, and lights. Familiarize your teen with the dashboard lights and what they mean. Let them know which ones are serious and require service immediately.

Once they understand the car itself, they are ready to learn some key car maintenance. Basic car maintenance knowledge protects drivers from the potential dangers of malfunction. Here are a few things every new driver should learn about car maintenance:

Check and Add Coolant

Make sure that your car does not get overheated. When the temperature gauge on your dashboard shows your engine temperature is getting too hot, you’ll know it is time to check on the coolant. Consult the owner’s manual to know what kind of coolant you need to use. Make sure your car engine has cooled off if you have been using it. Open your car hood, find the coolant reservoir, and add in your coolant. Make sure you don’t fill it up past the max-fill line. Close the hood and turn on your car engine to check that the temperature gauge goes back to normal.

Check Oil 

Cars manufactured today have a light that comes on when your oil is getting low. If you want to check it yourself, just grab a rag and open your car hood. Find the oil dipstick. Pull it out and wipe it off with the rag before reinserting it into the tube. Once again, pull out the dipstick and verify the color and where it hits on the stick’s line. If the oil is dark in color and is low on your stick, it is time for an oil change. If the oil is still lighter in color and sits above the minimum line on your stick, then your car is fine.

Check Tire Pressure

To check the tire pressure, you need a tire pressure gauge. Check your owner’s manual to know what the recommended PSI (pounds per square inch) is for your car tires. Take off the valve cap that is on your tires. Push the gauge down on the valve until you hear a hissing sound. The gauge will give you a reading of what your tire pressure PSI is at. You can take your car into any car shop and they can easily add air to your tires in a few minutes. Or, you can add air yourself by using an air compressor (these can be found at most gas stations) and putting the air hose over your tire valve. Use the gauge after you have filled the tires with air to make sure they are at the correct PSI. 

Check Wiper Blades

If your wipers leave streaks and do not help you to see better out of your windshield, it is time to replace them. Once you have bought replacement wiper blades of the correct lengths, simply lift up the wiper arm and unhook the old wiper blade. Insert the new wiper by hooking it in the same way the old wiper was inserted. Gently lay the wiper back down against the windshield. Do this same process with the second wiper blade.

Make 911 Driving School Your Teen Drivers Ed Choice

911 Driving School classrooms include state-of-the-art technology, well-trained and effective teachers, an interactive curriculum, and hours of practice driving with instructors. Once they have completed the required hours of classroom and driving time, including practice at home, the student will be ready to take the driving test to get their license.

You can sign up online for the class you want for your teen. We offer teen drivers ed programs in several different states and locations. Just search for the school closest to you. Let 911 Driving School help teach your teen how to be equipped as a safe and confident driver.

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