If you have any teen drivers in your family, they are probably getting excited about the prospect of driving themselves to school. While this is a thrilling time of life, it can be dangerous, too. Here are a few back-to-school driving tips for teens to help them stay safe behind the wheel.
- Obey all school zone laws. Make sure your young driver understands the importance of obeying the school zone speed limit.
- Look out for pedestrians. Along with kids driving to school, there will be lots of walkers and cyclists, too. Drive cautiously and look out for others as you get close to school. Always give pedestrians the right of way and never honk at them.
- Leave early. Running late for school can cause drivers to speed and disregard other safety procedures. Make sure your teen is leaving early enough to allow plenty of time to get to school with time to spare.
- Stop for school buses. Your teen will likely see some school buses along their way. Make sure they know all the rules for driving past school buses. If a bus extends their stop sign, all drivers must stop, no matter which direction they are traveling.
Make sure your teen’s car is back-to-school ready. Schedule a maintenance check at Reliance Mitsubishi.
No matter what season it is, you should always have an emergency kit stowed away in your vehicle. Usually, drivers think that having a winter emergency kit is all that matters, but it is equally important to have a summer emergency kit. Hot temperatures and long hours of driving on road trips bring about certain car issues unique to the summer months. Here are some suggestions on what you should include in your car’s emergency kit for summer.
- Water & Snacks: If you get stuck in traffic or break down on the side of the road, you will want to have plenty of water on hand for everyone. You will also want to pack some snacks that won’t melt.
- Sunscreen: Stuck in the sun? Rather than adding on the irritation of a sunburn to trying to figure out what’s wrong with your vehicle, pack some sunscreen.
- Visibility Equipment: To keep your family safe on the side of the road, have visibility equipment on hand to alert other drivers of your presence.
- Tire Gauge and Sealant: Hot road temperatures can affect your tires, so you will want to have a tire gauge on hand to check your tires’ pressure. Getting a flat or puncturing a tire on a road trip is particularly bothersome, so you will want to have some tire sealant on hand just in case you’re able to patch the tire yourself.
To ensure your car is able to handle the unique demands of summer driving, schedule a maintenance check at Reliance Mitsubishi.
Need to start prepping for a road trip, but don’t know where to start? Here are some suggestions for servicing your vehicle so that it’s road trip ready.
Wash Your Vehicle
Dirt can get into the undercarriage of your vehicle and cause damage and reduce visibility. Plus, it just looks terrible. Give your vehicle a thorough wash before a trip.
Improperly inflated tires can cause a whole host of problems, from poor fuel economy to popping easier on hot pavement. Tires with worn or uneven tread or tires that are improperly aligned can also lead to major problems.
A dead battery will derail your road trip plans. Check your battery capacity and connections before heading out on your trip.
Catch Up With Routine Service
It’s easy to fall behind on your vehicle’s regular maintenance schedule, but before a road trip it’s especially important to get all the routine stuff such as oil changes and tire rotations out of the way.
Pack Emergency Kit
Sometimes no matter how much effort you put into prepping for a road trip, emergencies will happen. You can be better prepared for unforeseen situations by packing an emergency kit that includes jumper cables, flashlights, a first aid kit, and tools.
Schedule a service appointment at Reliance Mitsubishi to make sure your car is ready for your epic road trip.