Father’s and Cars - Great for Family Bonding

Since we celebrate and remember Father’s Day in June, I thought this would be a good topic for my monthly article.  There are several reasons why we love our cars; we depend on them to get us to and from our destination safely; they’re transportation going to school, church, shopping, work and family vacations. While you own a vehicle, you will also want to make sure that it is always operating correctly and efficiently. There may be some ‘at home’ maintenance tasks you do on your vehicle to help it stay in the best condition. While you do these tasks, it would be a great time to teach your children about car care. This creates a great opportunity to talk and bond with family members.

A simple task, such as changing a tire, can be a great learning experience for your son or daughter. As they grow up and get their driver’s license, they may need to know how to change a tire, incase one would blow when they are driving. Father’s can teach their children how to check the air pressure, inspect tread wear and look for damage to the side wall. 

Another task to teach them is how to check the vital fluids in the vehicle. Oil, coolant, power steering and brake fluid are all important and should be checked often to be sure that they are at their correct levels. It’s important to check the coolant level when the engine is cold. When the oil light comes on, or the temperature gauge tops the hot mark, it can be too late.  The simple awareness of these fluids can prevent major problems.

Washing and waxing the car can be another great experience to share with your kids. Not only are you teaching them how to properly care for the exterior of the vehicle, but you can bond and share a great conversation while you work. As you wash the vehicle, you can briefly go over the parts to inspect, such as the headlights, windshield wipers, windows, and taillights. When the waxing chore is done, you can step back and marvel at what good teamwork is all about.  

Having fun and sharing memories is a great way to connect with your family. These are all great activities and maintenance practices to bond over. You will have plenty of time to talk, laugh, and just enjoy the company with one another, while also teaching them some very important skills. They will learn how to properly care for their own car when they are old enough or out on their own. Maybe this Father’s Day the gift of time with soap, a water bucket and the tire pressure gauge could be the best gift you can give to each other.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and all the men who play an important role in the lives of someone else!

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