If you have a new driver hitting the roads, you’ve likely spent some time worrying about the things that could happen. What if they had car trouble and found themselves stranded? What if they were involved in an accident? Well, while there’s only so much you can control once they pull out of your driveway, you can make sure they’re as prepared as possible for the things that could arise on the road. Here are a few things to consider.
Means of Contact
In the event that your teen did find themselves in an emergency situation, it’s important that they have a way to contact someone. Make sure they never leave home without a cell phone and charger (but caution them against the dangers of distracted driving). Make a list of all important contact numbers, including the local police and your roadside assistance company if you have one.
Your teen may not have a lot of car repair skills. But it’s helpful to have tools in the vehicle for the use of anyone who might stop to help them. Jumper cables, a tire repair kit, and a few small tools (e.g. pliers, screwdrivers, a hammer, a small ratchet and socket set) are a good start. If you’re worried your teen could do more harm than good, then a small multi-tool is a safe bet.
First Aid Kit
Some basic medical supplies are always a good thing to have onboard. Pack a small bag or case with some essentials like antiseptic spray, bandages, tape, burn ointment, antibiotic cream, and pain reliever.
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These are items you’d like to think you’d never need. But, in the event of an accident or roadside emergency, they can be absolute lifesavers. Essentials would include a flashlight, glass break tool, flares, and a reflective safety vest. A blanket, poncho, and bottled water are also great things to include.
Doing all you can to prepare your teen’s vehicle will put them in the best position if something bad were to happen. It’ll also help bring you peace of mind.
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