March 21, 2018

9 Things My Parents Taught Me About Cars

by maorbolongo on

This will be in the order of most important which will be from 1 to 9.

1. Cars are NOT Toys!
Even though this is common sense, it still bears repeating! Sure we all know and love those Little Tyke cars that we were given as little kids to ride around as toddlers. This was just for fun, but some experienced a better way of getting around. This is also true of sixteen-year-old that have just gotten their icense. Driving can be fun, but the car is NOT a toy, nor should it be treated like one.

2. Always Wear Your Seatbelt!
This was more of an all-around rule for everyone, but yet, something my parents taught me. As kids, we think that rules are ridiculous, restrictive, and made for us not to have any fun. This changes when we are adults and we are the parents. We teach kids to stay in their safety seats, and then, when they get a little older, we teach to always put on your seatbelt. This is ALWAYS a good idea anytime you are in the car. As parents, we see reasons for these rules.

3. Obey the LAW.
As kids, we know about rules but laws we learn about from our parents. Parents, no doubt, have explained that there are laws and that laws are a grown-up form of rules. There are laws about how to use a crosswalk safely and legally. There are laws about what you can and cannot do. There are things that you don’t do because it would hurt someone else.

4. When in doubt, ASK.
This is a good all-around rule, because if you are unsure of something, ask! There is no such thing as a dumb question, just an unanswered one. If you are not sure if you are going the right way, ask someone at a convenience store. With cell phones now, you can get a GPS app up on the phone so you know you are going the right way. This applies to academics and other facets of everyday life. It is always better to ask than assume. So whether it is asking directions or how to do something, don’t be afraid to ask.

5. Driving is a huge responsibility!
Okay, we all hear this in driving school, but it bears repeating. It is a huge responsibility since there are hundreds of other cars on the road, and you want to keep other people as well as yourself, safe. This includes anticipating what other people are doing and to respond in a safe manner. When you consider that a car accident can send someone to their death, you understand just how safe you need to be.

6. Take care of your car!
If you take care of something, you have it longer, usually. You also feel great pride in it looking nice as well. If you can’t-do the work yourself, you can pay someone for car maintenance. There are hundreds of chain car care places you can take it to for an oil change and other maintenance work. The least you can do is keep it filled with gas and maybe clean off the windshield with those squeegee at the gas station once in a while, you’ll be good.

7. Traffic Light Colors.
This is basic Driver’s Ed, but the traffic light signs and colors are a very big deal. Red means stop, green means go and yellow means slow down or caution. Of course there are special challenges which exist that make this hard. Some are color blind and confuse red and green. This can be compensated for since someone can memorize the order in which they appear. For most traffic lights, red is at the top, yellow is in the middle and green is on the bottom. Not too hard.

8. Lights are your friend!
Okay this one, is pretty much common sense, but headlights, turn signals and emergency lights are all lights that can help you out. Whether it’s driving in the dark or signanling, working lights make all the difference.

9. A car is Expensive
We did learn this from the parents at one point or another. Maybe it’s a car repair bill they are worried about. Maybe it’s the insurance they have to pay that’s expensive. Having a car your own is very expensive.