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Basic vehicle safety checklist: Teen Driver edition

keep your teen's vechicle in good working order

According to the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), nearly 60% of teenagers who begin driving are behind the wheel of the already-owned family car.

Before you get ready to hand over the keys, here are a few quick checkpoints you can focus on to ensure safe and happy travels for cars new and old:

  1. Fluid levels. Check and, if needed, top off oil, transmission, brake, power steering, radiator, and windshield-washer fluids.
  2. Tires. Check tread (at least 2/32 of an inch) and pressure (specifications are usually in the door frame or owner's manual). Over-inflation leads to skidding in wet conditions; under-inflation causes sloppy handling and premature wear. Don't forget the spare tire!
  3. Wipers. Inspect them for cracks and separation. Wiper blades should be soft and pliable.
  4. Lights. Test all turn signals, brake lights, headlights, and replace burned-out bulbs if needed. Check headlights' alignment to make sure they don't blind oncoming drivers.
  5. Battery. Carefully remove corrosion around battery posts to help ensure top performance.
  6. Hoses and belts. Check for proper fit, and replace anything with signs of blistering, fraying, or splitting. Summer's heat only speeds rubber breakdown.

Why not use the checklist as a teaching moment for your teen driver and review the items together? Teens will learn basic vehicle how-to’s, and the new driver will enjoy a family car in tip-top shape.

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