There is nothing quite as stressful as having a teenage son or daughter learning to drive. I’ve been there – so worried about my son’s safety that I wanted to wrap him in bubble wrap every time he got into the car.
But without being able to control every driver on the road, including my teenager, there is no way to guarantee their safety. As parents, the best we can do is make an emergency plan so your teen driver is prepared for any situation.
- Spare Tire. Most vehicles have a spare tire, jack, and lug wrench kit, but make sure your teen knows where to find them and how to use them.
- Jumper Cables. With proper maintenance, battery failure can almost always be prevented. But if your teen leaves the lights on overnight or something unexpected fails, they might find themselves with a car that won’t start. Keeping jumper cables in the trunk means they’ll have everything they need to get back on the road.
- Phone numbers. Sometimes the best thing you can do in an emergency is call an expert who can help. Make sure your teen has all of the phone numbers for you, our transmission shop – 620.654.3445 – and emergency services written down. (Yes, they can save these in their cell phone, but if the battery dies they still need to know who to call – nothing beats pen and paper in an emergency).
- Emergency Kit. Buy a pre-built kit on Amazon or put together one yourself. Some snacks, water, batteries, cash… stock your teen with all the things most useful to get out of an emergency.
We want to keep you and your teen safe on the roads. Visit our shop, and our certified technicians will help teach your teen driver about key warning signs that can indicate transmission failure. Call us at 620.654.3445.