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June 29, 2017 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/Kid_Car_Wash.jpgSchool’s out, and that means your kids are spending more time than ever around the house. So rather than working on your car by yourself this weekend, why not take the opportunity to teach them about car care? It can be easy, fun and you can build skills and interest that last a lifetime.

A great way to start is to include your child in a car wash. Not only is it fun to get into the swimsuit and enjoy some sunshine—and the inevitable water fight—a comprehensive wash allows you to introduce your child to your car, bumper to bumper and fender to fender. As you clean, explain how an engine works, and how a car’s exhaust system completes what the engine starts. Pop the hood and take them on a brief tour. You don’t have to be a mechanic to help your kid learn the basics.

Also, focus on things your child understands, and tires are perfect for that. Yeah, we know: There’s decades of advanced science in tires. But the big idea is as simple as holding your breath. Show your child a pressure gauge, and allow them to test tire pressure. Together—based on the tire and car manufacturers suggestions—figure out if your tires need more air, and show your child how to top off a low tire. It’s a great way to show that not all car maintenance is difficult, and the most common calls road side services get are flat tires the driver can’t fix.

Your lights and turn signals are some of the most important parts of your car, both for your safety and the safety of other driver’s. A great way to teach your child about car safety is to check your blinkers, brake lights and headlights together. If your child is old enough, a way to make this more exciting is to allow them to climb behind the wheel. That way, they’ll learn how to activate blinkers and high beams. If any of your lights aren’t working, replacing bulbs in many cars is a simple, DIY project you can easily do together.

As your child gets older, you can start expanding on the knowledge you share today. Some kids might take to working with your car right away, while others might just make it through the basics. Either way, teaching them about your car is fun, and it’ll keep them safe down the road.


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