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that environment. A young driver enjoys a sense of independence when they get behind the wheel. They also need to remember they are responsible for that heavy vehicle which in bad conditions they could lose control of and hurt themselves or others. That is why it is important to prepare your young motorist for any type of driving condition. The most treacherous is usually wet winter weather so the car needs to be checked out and ready for the

harsh conditions. The young driver needs to feel and be confident in winter driving conditions. The best way in which to give them this confidence is to make sure the vehicle is properly maintained and is ready for driving in winter weather. Get out your winter maintenance vehicle checklist and go through it with the teenage or young driver in

your household. Maintenance items to check out as the season changes to winter should include the belts, hoses, battery,

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all fluids and tires. Any little item that might be amiss with the automobile is likely to be magnified in winter driving conditions. If you find anything wrong get it fixed before the winter weather fully

sets in. The belts and hoses should be checked thoroughly for any cracks, holes or any other signs of wear and tear. The change of temperature from the summer heat to the winter chill might cause some issues that need to be tended to with these plastic or

rubber pieces. The battery should be checked out to make sure it is not weakened and that the water cells are filled properly. A weak battery is not fun in the wintertime. You do not want to be stuck on the side of the road in the cold of night with a

dead battery. Next you and your youth should check the fluids of the car to make certain they are properly filled. This includes the oil, transmission fluid, engine coolant and windshield

washer fluid. The oil you should be checking and changing regularly but do it again this time with your young driver present. The same holds true for the vehicle’s transmission fluid. It is always nice as winter time arises to go ahead and check theses again with your young driver at your side and if either needs to be changed take them along so they can see this done

as well. The engine coolant is an important fluid to be filled in the winter season. A teenager might mistakenly believe the coolant is only needed in the hot summer season. They would be incorrect. The correct mixture of antifreeze and water is needed when it is cold out to avoid the engine from freezing up in the

low temperatures. Windshield washer fluid is needed toproperly de-ice and clean your windows as it gets chilly outside. You might need to adda de-icing additive to your normal washer mixture to make the fluid work more efficiently in cooler temperatures. Make certain the windshield wiper blade is also ready for working in the cold weather. If your region has cold weather that causes ice on the windows you might want to switch your standard blades out for a special winter wiper blade that is designed to handle snow

and ice. Tires are most important for driving in slippery winter conditions. Tires need to be inflated to the proper tire pressure as recommended by the car manufacturer. Tires thatare under-inflated or overinflated could cause the driver to have problems on the wet, slick roads that are common during the

winter months. Depending on where you live you might need to change to winter or snow tires. These are supposed to get better grip in the snowy or icy conditions of wintertime. In certain areas of the nation you will be recommended to put on chains for particular driving conditions. Make sure that you teach your young driver why and how this is done so

they understand. Also ensure the inside of the automobile is equipped with the proper winter necessities, including items such as a toolbox in the trunk and a