Families with young children and teens learning to drive spend plenty of time in the family vehicle, whether it be transportation to and from extracurricular activities or family events and special occasions. Our family cars can offer meaningful opportunities to teach valuable lessons to the kids while on the go. Here are some simple ways to instill life values from the driver’s seat.
Hopefully you will not experience a roadside emergency, especially with little ones in the back seat. However it does make for a good opportunity to explain in a relaxed or matter-of-fact way about what’s going on. Whether it’s a traffic accident or pull-over stop to change a tire or check under the hood, these are golden teaching opportunities. Kids can learn that sometimes the unexpected happens, and it is always important to be prepared by knowing how to fix the problem or who to call for assistance. You can also explain how to responsibly use a professional roadside service for issues that interfere with the car’s mobility. This is an excellent time to mention the supplies that should be kept in the vehicles at all times, such as bottled water, a first aid kit, and a blanket.
When taking the car in for a necessary repair, take the kids along so they can learn the process of caring for a vehicle and addressing safety issues or performance problems right away. Awareness of significant problems, such as a cracked windshield, noisy muffler, or steaming engine, is not only a critical responsibility but also dangerous to ignore. Explain what can happen if problems like these are not quickly repaired.
Maintenance plays a role in many aspects of life, from daily grooming to education or a job, and even family relationships. Teaching children the value of keeping vehicles in good working order instills a life lesson that applies to other areas of their lifestyle. When a car is cared for, it will continue to perform well. But, if essential services like oil changes or tire rotations are neglected, serious problems can occur that may lead to engine failure or a loss of maneuverability. Simple maintenance doesn’t need to be time intensive or expensive either as most shops charge anywhere from $20 to $60 for an oil change, according to Honest-1 Auto Shop. But, whether you’re paying somebody or teaching your kids how to change the oil on a car, kids should learn before they drive the importance of driving responsibly and keeping a vehicle in good running condition.
Driving with children offers an excellent opportunity to share valuable truths, not only about vehicle safety and mechanical upkeep but also about taking care of the things that serve us so they will continue to work effectively.