If your teen’s car breaks down it is important for them to know what to do. As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach them.
- Use the door on the opposite side of the road to exit the car.
- Pull off the road if all possible and as far as possible.
- Stay in the car and remain buckled if the car is off the road. Keep doors locked and windows rolled up unless heat is a factor.
- If a stranger comes up to the car, do not open your door but roll the window down just enough to hear and respond to the stranger. Also have them to call for help if you don’t have a phone or if you have called already, tell them that help is on the way. If they feel threatened, tell them that help is just a couple of minutes away.
- Turn your emergency flashers on.
- Teach your child how to change a tire or at least where everything is to change the tire.
Your teen learning to drive is a major task but it is not the end of teaching them about driving when they learn to drive, the maintenance and emergency response is also important.