If you're like most parents, you are always looking for ways to balance the freedom you give them with the responsibility they decide to take on. Driving is one important aspect of growing up that your teen likely wants you to be a part of. And any support you provide is sure to be appreciated. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your new teen driver is safe on the road and can handle the serious responsibilities of driving.
1. A Full-Size Spare Tire
A doughnut tire may get your child to the auto shop, but not much further. So if you expect that your child will drive around for more than a day or two on a doughnut tire, it's a good idea to surprise them with a full-size spare tire to store in their vehicle. This will allow them to continue driving around safely until they can afford to purchase a brand-new tire on their own.
But if your teen doesn't know how to properly change their tires, they could end up on the road with a loose tire that falls off and results in an accident. So make sure they have the proper tools to change their tires and that they get some practice at home before they actually start driving on the road.
2. Roadside Assistance Membership
Another gift that your child will appreciate as they learn to drive is a roadside assistance gift membership. This will allow them to call for help if they get into an accident or even find themselves lost while traveling.
You won't have to worry about them breaking down on the side of the road as they'll get quick assistance, allowing them to get home safely. And if your teen runs out of gas, you can count on the roadside assistance program to bring them the gas that they need to make it to the nearest gas station.
3. Windshield Wiper Fluid Concentrate
You should also consider stocking your teen's vehicle with a couple years' worth of windshield wiper fluid concentrate. Whenever the fall season results in leaves stuck on the windows, or your teen feels like they need a clearer view, the windshield wipers will undoubtedly have an impact on the way they can see and react while on the road.
Stocking your child's vehicle with windshield wiper fluid concentrate will help ensure that they stay safe and keep other drivers safe as they gain hands-on driving experience.