It is always in your best interest to ensure that your vehicle is properly maintained. However, it is even more important to make sure that your car is in adequate condition if you plan to use it to teach a teenager how to drive. Let’s take a closer look at some of the specific reasons why this is the case.
Creates a Safety Cushion
It’s not uncommon for a younger driver to make decisions that could put extra wear on a vehicle. This is largely because they tend to have trouble determining their stopping distances or trouble processing information in a timely manner. Therefore, they may be more likely to slam on the brakes to avoid running a red light or hitting a car that slowed down for a child crossing the road. If your car’s brakes, tires, and other related components aren’t in good shape, you could increase the risk of an accident.
Helps Handle Emergency Situations
Teen drivers generally don’t understand how difficult it is to drive in wet, snowy, or icy conditions until they have actually done so. If your car has worn tires, is out of alignment, or has other issues, you could be setting up a new driver to fail. If a new driver gets into an accident while driving in even slightly inclement weather, it could ruin that person’s confidence for years to come. Therefore, you should make sure to get a wheel alignment or have other work done to your vehicle before a teenager is allowed to drive it. A car with aligned wheels will help enforce good habits while your teen learns to drive. You want to make sure that they can rely on their vehicle as they learn to drive.
Prevents Liability Issues
If your vehicle is involved in an accident for any reason, you may be liable for any damage that a victim incurs. This may be especially true if the crash took place because your car was not properly maintained. As a general rule, you would be held responsible for such a crash because you allowed someone to operate your vehicle knowing that a hazardous condition existed.
Generally speaking, a car that is properly maintained is less likely to get into an accident. This is because a driver will be able to stop, slow down or take other evasive actions to avoid a crash. If a young person is driving your car, the fact that there are no warning lights may allow this individual to focus on the road as opposed to what is wrong with the vehicle.
Teaching your child to drive can be a slow but necessary process. Enforcing good habits will help your teenage driver develop driving skills that will ultimately help them stay safe. Make sure that the car that they are driving is in perfect shape to help them further improve their ability to drive.