Teenagers are often anxious to get their license and get on the road. Teaching them how to be responsible drivers is one of the most important things parents can do. Having insurance and a cell phone for emergencies isn't enough education for our new drivers. Take the time to teach them about how they should handle different roadside scenarios so they feel prepared for the unexpected. Cars break down, blow tires, or overheat without warning sometimes. Having a child that isn't completely lost on the side of the road will give you some peace of mind. Here are three things kids need to know before they find themselves roadside in an unfortunate circumstance:
Pull Over Safely
Whether you find yourself running out of gas or with an engine overheating, learning to pull over when possible is important. Let your teen know which circumstances leave time to find a wide shoulder and which ones mean abandoning the vehicle for safety. Their safety has to come first. Talk them through different scenarios for practice. Leaving a car in the middle of the road with traffic can be a huge hazard to themselves and other drivers on the road. Teach them how to put the car in neutral so it can be pushed in some emergencies.
Know Who to Call For Help
Teaching your teen when to call 911, insurance, and towing services is huge. Let them know that any time there is a danger to other drivers or themselves they can call for help. Help them learn how to look for things to help them identify their current location. Using mile markers and other signs can help tow companies or police find them quickly.
Store Emergency Goods In Vehicle
Having the right emergency gear in the car is important, but the tools can be useless if they aren't taught how to use them. Teach your teen how to use a roadside flare and use their emergency lights for visibility. Keeping a blanket, water bottles, and some non-perishable goods is always good practice for emergencies.
Going over these steps will help your child feel more in control during a situation with car trouble. Take the time to make sure their vehicle has the right phone numbers for auto towing and some extra emergency supplies. Keeping them safe is crucial and taking the time to teach this now will give you peace of mind for later.