The holidays are here, and that means your kids are gonna be bored. It also means that they have literally nothing defining a weekday and a weekend for them, so they’ll probably be insatiable for activity regardless of whether you have to spend your precious weekends actually doing chores or not. That being said, if you’ve got a little work planned on your beloved car, there’s a few things you can do to help get your kids involved, teach them about how to properly care for their future cars, and help them learn why a car is one of the most important assets anyone can own. Together, we can all help raise the next generation of car lovers!
Cleaning the Car
Every kid loves helping their parents wash the car, and it’s the perfect way of introducing the younger ones to different areas of the car, how to care for them and what cleaning the car on a regular basis actually achieves aside from a shiny paintjob. Kids love to get messy, and let’s be honest, no one really enjoys the washing process of car care anyway. Get a few more hands on deck, so you can get to the proper detailing quicker.
Removing the Wheels/Changing Tyres
A brake change might be a little strong for any kid to undertake, but there’s no reason you can’t get them involved in taking off the wheels. The perfect test of strength to get any kid feeling like they’re properly involved, it’s also a great way to not only teach someone how to change a tyre (a vital life lesson), but also to introduce the young enthusiast to how the brakes, wheels and suspension work on a car.
Changing the Oil
We’re not Suggesting that you get your kids underneath a jacked up car trying to pry off the oil filter, but getting them involved with topping up your car’s engine oil (carefully, of course) is perfect for explaining how the engine works, what the oil actually does and how the internals of your car actually function.
Changing Spark Plugs
Learning to change spark plugs can save time and money for any car owner, provided of course they’re accessible from the bonnet. It’s also a great way of getting the older kids involved, as all you really need is a spark plug wrench and the right sized socket to get the job done. Just beware of any sharp objects that might be poking out of nooks and crannies around your engine bay.
Another one for the older kids, learning how to jump start a car or charge a battery is less of a DIY car fix as it is a vital life lesson. Something everyone should learn how to do at one point or another, should you run flat, take the opportunity to get the younger ones involved.