You’re driving along through the trees on a sunny summer day. Windows down, music up. Looking around taking in all the beautiful sights to see. All the sudden you run over a branch that pops your back tire. You get out to take a look and think, “ I have zero idea on how to fix this. How am I going to get home? My phone is dead and I am stuck. If only I had learned how to change a tire...:”
Now some of you may be thinking, “of course I know how to change a tire! I learned that when I first started driving.” But do you know how to change your car’s oil? Or add in coolant or water to a radiator in and overheated car. Do you have any idea what all the flashing lights on your dash mean?
In 2016 there were over 1 million licensed drivers in the state of Idaho. And of that 1 million, about 40% of those drivers were either completely clueless or not very confident in changing the tire on their cars. And almost 60% were clueless or not very confident in changing the oil in their car. But when looking at the technology aspect of things such as hooking up your phone to the car speakers, we see that over 70% of drivers are completely confident in doing so. And 80% of drivers are completely confident in using a navigation system.
So why is it that people don’t know the basic functions of keeping their cars running? Could it be the younger millennial stereotype that they don’t want to work for anything so they would rather take their car to the shop than fix it themselves? Or is it that the older generations just simply are not teaching their kids or grand kids how to fix up the car? While easy access to online tutorials could be the fix, there just is something to be said about having a person standing right next to you guiding you in the right direction.
If you are one of those who may not know how to do the basic tasks to care for your car, we have what you need! Coming up April 12th, our Car Care: Getting to Know Your Vehicle course will help you become familiar with the tasks specific to keeping your vehicle running in tip top shape! Call (208) 282-3372 or visit cetrain.isu.edu to sign up today!