One of the best gifts that you can give to your children is knowledge or a skill that they can use throughout their lifetime. Instead of wasting hours in front of the television or on a video game, why not take some time to teach your child about vehicle maintenance? Simple repairs can be quickly learned and performed by a child with adult supervision. Auto repair is one of those things that can be passed down through the generations, providing children with respect for maintenance, and learning how to take care of things on their own. LaCava Auto Parts has everything you need to perform do-it-yourself (DIY) repairs and maintenance at home. We carry a wide range of name brand car parts and accessories at our family-owned and operated auto supply in Fall River. You can count on our team to help you locate all of the products, cleaning supplies, and tools necessary to get the job done right at our Fall River, MA car parts store.
Starting Slow: Teach the Basics
When you think about the skill sets that your child will need as they grow older and begin driving a car on their own, learning how to change a tire should be at the top of the list. While there are many services often included with auto insurance that will bring a tow truck and tire-changing services to them through an app on their smartphone, there are some situations where it might take hours or a signal might not be available. Show them first, and then have them do it on their own. Teach the proper way to jack up the vehicle safely and all the steps needed to put the tire on correctly. While they might not ever have to do it themselves, they will be prepared in the event of an emergency or be able to help someone else who is stuck on the side of the road.
The next step should be to teach your child how to check the fluids. Before you ever get to the point of adding windshield wiper fluid or changing the oil, they need to learn how to perform a standard inspection. Get a step-stool, if required, so they can have a safe view of the engine area and see where everything is located. You can also show online videos, look at manufacturer schematics, and find other ways to engage with your child. You can bring them into LaCava Auto Parts so they can see the options for car parts and accessories for themselves. Learning how to do something includes performing the task and shopping for the best supplies. You can get everything you need – along with advice from our friendly customer service agents and service providers – at LaCava Auto Supply in Fall River.
Once your child learns the basics and you both feel comfortable with their ability to perform services on a vehicle, you can take it a step further and teach about more advanced skills. Changing the oil, replacing filters, switching out windshield wipers, jump-starting a dead battery, and even replacing brake pads are all things that kids can do safely with adult supervision. Don’t try to do it all at once but take advantage whenever your child asks to learn more and give them the opportunity to try it themselves, make mistakes, and learn from them. Even if you don’t have a lot of DIY maintenance skills yourself, this can be a learning process that you work out together and can become the perfect shared interest that could cement your relationship together for a lifetime.
Reward the efforts and hard work of your child by gifting them some tools of their own. You can find a wide range of tools, toolboxes, equipment, and supplies at our Fall River, MA car parts, and services store. LaCava Auto Parts stocks wrenches and power tools, safety equipment, and hand cleaner, car manuals, and specialty tools, plus a wide variety of jacks, jack stands, and storage solutions. Depending on the child’s age, the tools do not have to be top-of-the-line or even very costly. Just the idea that they are building their own set of tools like yours will encourage them to keep learning, trying, and expanding their abilities. If you would like to learn more about our quality parts and friendly services, stop by LaCava Auto Supply in Fall River or give us a call at 508-676-1951.