Hello everyone! This is Tierney, Jeff’s daughter and Innovative Autocare’s service writer. I can remember my first years driving, and how I was taught to drive and obey traffic laws. But one thing many people forget to teach kids is how to keep their car healthy. Listen to this story: My first car was an ’82 Cutlass Supreme. I was seventeen, and was one of few friends who had a car, so I got to drive everyone everywhere. One day, while driving back home from a friend’s house, I noticed my oil light had come on, and the pressure gauge was very low. But I figured I was only about two miles away, and could have my dad look at it when I got home… In that short amount of time, I fried the engine, and was left without a car for over a month.
The cause for the low oil was someone else’s fault, so I am told. But my ignoring the light led to the break down. We had to rebuild the engine because of it… but I’m a mechanic’s daughter! Basically, I should have known not to drive with low oil pressure, but my dad either never thought to tell me, or assumed I would know better.
It is important that we let our new drivers know what to look for in their vehicles to ensure proper car maintenance. Your teenager probably thinks they know everything, but of course you know better. Show and tell them how to check fluid levels such as oil and coolant, so they don’t end up stranded on the side of the road. Let them know that keeping a tire gauge in the car, and keeping the pressure at the correct level can improve their mileage. And make sure they are aware of how ignoring squeaky brakes or engine lights can be a dangerous idea.
If you don’t know what to tell them, or would like more advice and information, ask your mechanic! I know many adults who didn’t know these great tips, and we would be happy to help you out. We top off all fluids, check lights and set tire pressures with every repair we do, to keep your car at its best, and ensure it’s working safely for you.