10 Things All Teenagers Should Know About Cars

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When you have a teenager that’s about to get their license, it’s not a bad idea to have a “talk”. A talk about some of the things that can happen to new drivers and how to deal with them if they ever occur. In this article, we will look at several situations that could prove difficult for new drivers and should be discussed before they occur.

Flat tires – When a tire goes flat, it’s an odd feeling. If it’s a tire in the front of the car, the steering wheel will start to shake and the tire will make a thumping sound. When it’s a back wheel, the rear of the car may drop a bit and it too will make a thumping sound. Either way, it can be startling but it’s not a panic situation. As soon as you sense that a tire is going flat, pull off to the side of the road. If you are going to change the flat yourself, be sure you know how to do it. It isn’t a complicated procedure but it can be a dangerous one the first time you do it. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, then call roadside assistance.

Police officers – The first time you see the flashing lights of a police officer in your rear view mirror will certainly be memorable but don’t lose your cool. Slowly pull off to the side of the road as soon as you safely can. Then put your car in “Park”, turn off the engine, roll down your window and keep your hands in plain view. The officer will tell you what to do next. If the officer upsets you, don’t argue with him or her. That’s why they have traffic courts.

Auto accident – If you have a car accident, and your car is drivable, turn on your flashers and pull safely out of traffic. Then immediately call the police (911). Next step is to take a deep breath, exit your car and exchange information with the other drivers and witnesses who are there. Its always a good idea to take lots of pictures with your cell phone too.

The “Check Engine” light comes on – The check engine light in a car illuminates when the car’s CPU (computer) senses a problem with a component or system. As paulcontechevrolet.com explained to us, most of the time it’s not an emergency and you can safely drive home. If, however, you sense something more significant, like you see smoke or smell burning substances, then pull to the side of the road and seek roadside assistance.

Driving in rain and snow – Please learn this as soon as possible: when you are driving when the weather is bad, reduce your speed and leave more room between your vehicle and those in front of you. It’s really very simple. By driving conservatively when the weather is bad outside, virtually all accidents can be avoided.

Road rage – When someone offends you behind the wheel, take a deep breath and know that your anger will dissolve in a few minutes. Just relax. If you’ve accidentally angered another driver, don’t get drawn into interacting with them. Just leave. Finally, repeat this phrase: It’s not worth it.

Article Courtesy of: Paul Conte Chevrolet

  

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