What They Don’t Teach Kids at Driver’s Ed

Driver’s ed is necessary for kids to understand the rules of the road, but they don’t teach them everything that would be useful for car ownership.

In order for your kids to understand and practice the necessary rules of the road, they need driver’s ed to teach them. But as important as driver’s ed plays in the driving development of teens all around the nation, it can often miss the mark when it comes to teaching them about basic car information.

Teens are involved in around 300,000 car accidents that have to do with their wheels–a much higher number than adult drivers. Here are a few things that all teens need to know about their tires before they become legal drivers of the road.

What your teen needs to learn

During the next driving session with your young driver, set aside of bit of time to teach them about tire maintenance and troubleshooting.

  • How to properly and safely change a flat tire
  • How to call for roadside assistance
  • How to inspect tire tread depth and tire air pressure

Preparing an emergency roadside kit

Before your child hit the road on their own, make sure they have an emergency roadside kit packed in your car. You can purchase pre-made kits or you can make your own. Here is what every emergency roadside kit needs:

  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Oil, brake fluid, and windshield wash fluid
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight and portable hand-crank radio
  • Toolkit that includes cutting tool, screwdrivers, hammer, and wrenches
  • Jumper cables
  • Bottled water and nonperishable foods
  • Reflective vest to wear while outside the vehicle
  • Matches / roadside flares

There’s more to driving than knowing the laws and tire maintenance. Every driver is required to purchase auto insurance to ensure their safety and that of other drivers. Visit the team at Lou Aggetta Insurance Services, serving Pleasant Hill and neighboring cities in California today!