Back to school safety and maintenance tips for student drivers


Sending your kids off to school in their own car brings its own back-to-school anxiety for parents.

There's often a difference from a parent's perspective between teen drivers and adults, especially when it comes to safety

Tristen Teague with Firestone Complete Auto Care has a trick you can try at home to check the tread in your tires using only a penny.

"You can turn Abraham Lincoln upside down," Teague said. "Right now, we don't see his head so these tires are good."

You want to make sure there’s enough tread left on the tires to safely handle wet roads.

Another tip is to check your odometer. Oil usually needs changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

For younger drivers, Teague said they're not rotating their tires enough.

“So like with the student drivers, you're just going to think of that oil change and forget about everything else," Teague said.

He said if you take care of your car, it'll take care of you.

"You don't want to wake up in the middle of the night with your kid talking about being on the side of the road," Teague said. "So you just want to hit all the obstacles you can think of and try to knock them out before anything gets big."

Teague said it's also a good idea to keep a care kit in the trunk of your student's car, equipped with a blanket and water bottles, in case they do get stranded.

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