It’s finally 2021! The new year brings new life lessons. If you decide on teaching kids about car maintenance, this is where you should start. Yes, I know cars can be complicated to maneuver literally and figuratively.
As parents, there will always be that anxiety within us. Instead these things weighing us down, it is important to teach your kids some valuable tips. These vehicle preparations tips will helpful for everyone not just kids actually! You will feel confident that your growing children learned something new.
For starters, you and your children can work on these small tasks together. Let’s begin!
1. INSPECT THE WIPER BLADES
The wiper blades, like any other feature in your car, have a normal wear and tear. The UV rays affect the wiper blades, and you will notice streaks if they are unfit to clear out dust and other foreign particles. So, at this point, you need to teach your kids that they should inspect the wiper blades regularly.
Notice if they are cracked or if they are losing the rubber strips. Once you notice these signs, it’s time to get a new set of wiper blades.
2. ALL ABOUT THE TIRES
- Next, we have the tires. For this part, it is important to first check on the air pressure of the tires. There should be an inflation guide on the sticker on the door or under the hood. Remember, the extra tire will have the pressure on the sidewall. Thus, the spare tire will have a higher inflation than the other 4 tires.
- Aside from the inflation, you should also check on the tread depth of the tires. One cheap and easy way to do is through the penny test. All you need is a penny, and have the Lincoln coin head down on the center groove. If the top of Abraham Linclon’s head is clearly visible, this means that the tires are below the safety level. In other words, they are worn out and need to be replaced ASAP!
- Once you replace the tires, you should also check the alignment. This is to avoid premature tire wear and tear. Of course, you would want to protect your new tires because they aren’t exactly cheap.
- Lastly, learning how to replace a tire is a must. The location of the spare tire, jack, and jack point can different from one car model to another. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for specific details. Your child should know what to do if they need to install the spare tire. While you’re at teaching how to do this, you should also teach them to check on signs of cracking and tread separation. Over time, tires deteriorate so have them checked on a regular basis.
3. CHECK ON THE FLUIDS TOO
- Examine the engine oil and replenish if necessary. The same goes for the windshield wiper fluid.
- If your kids are up for a challenge, you can even teach them about the oil and filter change.
More will be discussed on 3 Vehicle Maintenance Tips to Teach Your Kids (Part 2)