Maintenance Tips For Teens Released By

The Center for Disease Control conducted a survey wherein which it said that teens are now more safety-conscious; more teens are wearing seatbelts and avoiding friends who are drunk.

However, teens are quite clueless about taking care of their cars; this is according to the survey done by These young drivers don’t know anything about preventive maintenance of car repair.

Parents have even stated that their teens are “somewhat or completely clueless,” or “average” when it comes to their children’s knowledge of basic car maintenance.

It is a good thing that has come out with DIY tips from their Teen Driver Car Maintenance and Repair Guide. The guide reminds teens and their parents that having a car is a big responsibility and the drivers and owners should keep their vehicles in tip-top shape.

Brian Hafer, VP of Marketing for, said, “Now is the perfect time to remind teens and their parents that driving and owning a vehicle is a big responsibility, and vehicle maintenance is a critical part of that responsibility. Our teen driver guide is designed to provide teens with basic information to start them on the road to a lifetime of responsible vehicle ownership.”

Below are some tips for teens and their parents to keep their vehicles in good running condition and help them become safe drivers on the road.

1.   Know and keep the vehicle’s maintenance schedule

Keeping a car in good running condition requires that fluids, tires, brakes and filters be changed or replaced at regular intervals. This will help the engine run efficiently and smoothly.

Cars newer than 2002 models can have their oil and oil filters replaced after every 5,000 miles. For cars older than 2002 models, the oil and oil filter should be replaced every 3,000 miles.

2.   Take good care of your tires

Tires keep your cars on the ground. Make sure that they are properly inflated and that they are still in good condition. If tires are under-inflated, it will wear-out faster and there is a great danger of exploding.

Tires which are also properly inflated can save gas up to 3.3%. The owner’s manual or the sticker located on the jamb will have information on the recommended tire pressure.

Also check out the tire’s tread wear and tear.

3.  Observe and take note of the dashboard warning lights

The warning lights on the car’s dashboard serves as a notification is something is wrong with the car. The following components will have corresponding signals and lights on the dashboard; Check Engine, Oil, Temperature, Brake, Gas and others. If any of these lights come on, pay attention to them.

Pay particular attention to the Check Engine Light. If it suddenly blinks when you are driving, pull over immediately or go to qualified mechanic. If, on the other hand, the light turns on and stays on without blinking, go home immediately or to an auto-repair shop.

A blinking light usually means that there is something amiss with your engine that might damage it if you continue driving it.

4.   Gas up

It is important not to let cars run too low on gas. Modern cars are fuel-injected and these engines rely on in-tank electric pumps that use gas to cool and lubricate its components. If fuel-injected engines are continually running on fumes, it good result in a major breakdown.

Always keep your gas tank at least above the quarter tank.

There is also no need to use higher octane fuels. It is not only expensive but the qualities among the different octane of gases are quite small. Just use the recommended fuel octane for your car.

5.   Always clean the windshield

The windshield helps you see clearly what’s ahead. Make sure that it is always clean and clear. Replace wipers that are cracked, skip or leave a streak.

Also check the nozzles of the windshield washers. Make sure that they are not clogged and aim on the windshield properly.

Be sure to try and test them every few weeks to make sure that they are in good running condition.

6.   Avoid speeding

Speeding not only burns fuel at a faster rate, it is also one of the primary causes of accidents. Driving fast is also bad for the car since it puts so much strain and pressure on the engine and transmission.

Driving fast reduces the reaction time. This usually leads to accidents.

Posted by Diane Araga, on November 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM