Toyota of Orlando knows just how scary it can be to hand over the car keys to your new teenage driver – you’re bound to worry the entire time they’re gone! As they’re new to the road, it’s important to give your teen driver the information they need to handle any unforeseen circumstances as safely and efficiently as possible! The best way to combat the nerve-wracking experience of getting your teen into the driver’s seat is to be proactive and prepare both you and your teen for both the expected and the unexpected. Our Orlando Toyota dealership is pleased to be able to provide our valued Toyota customers in Central Florida with tips to do just that!
First of all, like we said, preparation is everything. You’ll want to ensure your teen has solid driving practice experience, and in various weather and driving conditions so they’re ready for anything. Here are some additional scenarios you’ll want to prepare them for, and handy tips to ensure they stay focused on the driving experience:
How to change a tire: Flats happen! If you purchase a new Toyota car in Orlando, you’ll have 24 hour roadside assistance, but not every car comes with this convenient service. Teach your teen to put on a spare tire themselves! Remind your teen to pull off to the side of the road, and steer clear of oncoming traffic and make sure they can see you clearly.
Leave the cell phone alone: Texting and driving causes an enormous amount of accidents. Tell your teens to leave the phone alone while they’re at the wheel! Establish firm rules for your teen on the subject, and avoid texting them when you know they’ll be in the car. Additionally, you can provide other tips like turning down the notification volume so they can’t hear a text come in, or putting their phone in the glove box until they’ve reached their destination.
What to do in an accident: There are many steps to take in the aftermath of an accident, so share Toyota of Orlando’s tips on doing just that – we provide everything you need to know on what steps to take in a car accident.
How to deal with driving under the influence: There’s one rule about driving when you’re under the influence: DON’T DO IT. Ensure your teen is extremely clear on this topic, and let them know they can always call you for a safe ride home if they need to.
What to do when the check engine light comes on: This little orange light can strike fear into the heart of the most experience drivers, so let your teen know how to deal with it. If the car’s performance seems different (i.e., smoke is appearing, it’s stalling, etc.) they should call for roadside assistance. If not, they should schedule an appointment with an auto repair shop (like Toyota of Orlando’s Service Center) to get the problem identified and fixed.
These are just a few out-of-the-ordinary situations that might arise when your teen climbs into the driver’s seat! Teach them good driving habits, and ensure that they’re well-prepared to take the wheel. Also, ensure that they’re in a reliable vehicle to lessen the chance of breakdowns and other mechanical problems! You can find a great selection of new Toyota cars in Central Florida at Toyota of Orlando, and we also offer a great selection of dependable and affordable Orlando used cars to keep your teen’s driving experience as safe as possible.
Come visit our Orlando Toyota dealership today! We’re located just off I-4, near the Millenia Mall at 3575 Vineland Road. You can also give us a ring at (888) 725-3520, and don’t forget to ask about our new Toyota specials in Orlando! We want to see you – and your teenager – drive home safe and happy!