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Top 5 auto tips for kids driving back to school

Posted at 12:41 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 12:41:17-04

When we think of back to school we think of school buses and carpools, but for many high-schoolers and college kids, they will be driving themselves back to school. 

Eric Silcox, who is in charge of the service department at Delray Toyota, offers tips for parents to make sure their kids are safe in their cars.

* Make sure your kid knows how to check their tire pressure, oil pressure, wiperblades, head and tail lights working and where the spare tire is.
* Make sure the kids have the proper numbers in case of a breakdown or accident- AAA, insurance, roadside assistance and even the number for the road rangers.
* When buying a car for the kids, make sure to do research, check reviews, review safety reports, check with manufacturers on student and military discounts.  It’s also important to know that a students grades can drastically cut insurance bills too.
* Make sure the kids understand what the warning indicator lights mean in case they come on.  Make sure they know how to check their oil.  They don’t have to know how to change a tire if they use roadside service, but they should know where the wheel lock key is… and many don’t know what that is.
* Make sure the kids have Bluetooth functionality in the car- so that they can eliminate the need for texting and driving.