Before your teen gets his or her license, he or she will need to go through driver’s education. You would like to think that those classes teach teens everything they need to know about driving, but that is unfortunately not the case.
One of the most important things you can teach your teen is to properly care for his or her tires. Teens are unfortunately involved in 300,000 accidents a year that are related to their tires, at a higher occurrence than adults, according to Modern Tire Dealer. Because the tires are the only point of contact the vehicle has with the road, they are critical.
The first thing you should teach your teen about tires is to check the tire pressure. Tires underinflated over 25 percent are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident than properly inflated tires. Show your teen how to check the owner’s manual for the proper tire pressure and then take the tire’s psi. Go with him or her to fill up the tires the next time they need it.
Also, ensure that your teen knows to regularly check the tires’ tread depth. You can easily do this by grabbing a penny; if the tread depth does not reach the top of Lincoln’s head, you need new tires. It is also a good idea to take the time to change a tire with him or her so your teen is never stranded due to a flat.
Another thing your teen will likely not get taught in driver’s education is the details of his or her need for auto insurance. To ensure your teen driver gets covered, contact Scavone Insurance Center. Serving White Plains and the surrounding New York area, we can help you easily and affordably add your teen to your auto insurance policy.