ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Children About Cars

Updated on February 27, 2017

There will come a time your child will want to sit behind the wheel of a car and you need to know that you have prepared them the best way you could. It starts from the time they first start noticing cars and traffic and it ends, well, never. For the rest of your life, you will be telling them how to do this and that and they will be annoyed.

But all kidding aside, there are some things that you need to teach your children about cars, so let's begin.


First and foremost, your children need to know the laws surrounding driving and traffic in general. This begins much earlier than you would think. For example, when they are three or four and you decide to jaywalk because it is easier, they are learning it is okay to jaywalk. It isn't. When your children are around, behave according to the law and pepper important stuff throughout the conversation.

Point out when someone is speeding, show them if someone is double-parked, tell them when a cyclist is doing something against the law. Also, keep in mind to tie this in with lessons about safety. Make them understand that laws are there to protect people.


Like I mentioned, all talk about the law should include the talk about safety. Your children need to understand from the earliest age that doing stupid things in traffic can result in all kinds of injuries or worse. I am not saying that you should show them gruesome graphic images or anything like that, but make sure they understand their decisions have very real consequences. Seat belts are a must and there is absolutely no drunk driving.


Sooner or later, your children will own a car of their own and they need to know a thing or two about recognizing sounds that shouldn't be audible. Sometimes a car will do something silly and it will seem like a warning, but it is not. Other times, it will give subtle indications that something might be wrong. For example, a slight screech of brake pads that are worn out or the whole bad starter or bad battery thing. Every experienced driver knows about these and your children will do well to get at least a basic lesson.


Depending on where you live and what kind of a family car history you grew up with, you will either drive an automatic or a manual. It doesn't matter if the last manual gear shift car in your family was back in the 1930s, your child has to learn about manual. It is really not that difficult. There are parts of the world where people don't even consider driving an automatic and yet, everyone can handle the manual. Your child can too. Teach them how to do it.


The vast majority of us are not exactly mechanics and we find a way to go about our driving lives without knowing much about even the most basic maintenance. And this is perfectly fine 95% of the time. It is those 5% that can cause a bunch of problems and you do not want the same happening to your child. So, either you already know basic maintenance or you learn in order to teach. You teach them how to do a basic inspection of the car and how to notice problems. You tell them where they can buy affordable car parts and you teach them how to do the basic repairs. If you do not know how to do this, this is the perfect opportunity for you to learn too.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)