Teach Your Kids About Car Care
Schools are still closed and the kids are at home. Educators are scrambling to come up with at-home lesson plans that should take up some of the day, but then what? You’re at home, they’re at home, and there are only so many Tik-Tok videos a young brain can consume before your kids are more dance zombies than human. Why not teach them something more useful than lip-syncing to a song: how to work on a car. This is a skill that will be useful for the rest of their lives.
Beginning with the basics about tires is important. Children should learn to check their tire pressure and have them rotated about every 5,000 miles or oil change. Most auto shops will rotate tires for free. Stop by Autoxpress Kenya for the same. Don’t let your kid be one of those people who jack the car up and then try to loosen the lug nuts. Teach them how to change a car tire. Remind your child that this is something they will have to do at some point in their life.
Show your children how to check each light, particularly taillights. It’s sometimes hard to know when you have a taillight out because it is behind you, but it is something you don’t want to be stopped for by the traffic police. Teach your kids to check their lights and show them how to replace a bulb when it does go out. You can also polish the headlights together for maximum light.
Windshield wipers need to be replaced from time to time when the rubbery part on the blade begins to wear down. Teach your children to notice when the blades start to become less effective, and buy new blades together and replace them. They are available at Autoxpress Kenya.
Oil and Antifreeze Levels
Always be sure the engine is cool before looking at anything under the hood. Then show your child how to check the oil level. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with an old rag. Put it back in and remove it once more to see where the oil level falls and if it will need more. While you have the hood up, check antifreeze levels as well. Teach them that this can keep their car from freezing in the winter and keep it cool in the summer.
To keep a car looking shiny and new, it will require some maintenance. Show your kids how to clean the outside of the car, wipe down windows, and check for scratches, dents and signs of rust. Catching these damages early can help prevent them from getting worse.
Gauges and Warning Lights
Go through the owner’s manual together and discuss what each warning light looks like and what it means. Warning lights appear for a reason, but knowing their meanings can help your child to assess whether it requires an immediate response or if it’s an issue they can fix themselves.
Learning about the basic maintenance required for their car will keep your kids safe out on the road, and in the end, safety is most important! All the best!