- Homeschool Co-ops
- Understanding How Cars Work
- Saving Money on Maintenance and Repairs
- New Drivers
- Supplementing Driver's Education
- Knowing How to Keep a Vehicle Reliable
- Learning How to Handle Roadside Emergencies
- Determining a Budget that Works
- Communicating Effectively with Technicians
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When I first thought about this course, I envisioned this being more of a father son project, but I ended up being the one who participated in these labs. They were great! I am not a “technical” person at all and that’s just the point. This course is for everyone. In fact, I think it was created with people like me in mind especially. The text is so easy to follow and learn from, that a person who feels quite out of their element in a mechanical situation can now be more at ease! The CD (Note: The 4th Edition has a USB Flash Drive instead of a CD) also has Power Point slides, study questions and answer keys, texts and exams as well as suggested grading. I was also happy to see in the Extras something called Career Exploration. This is something that is woven through the whole curriculum.
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Why is Auto Upkeep important?
Fun and Practical Elective
Most of us count on vehicles for efficient and reliable transportation, yet we commonly postpone, disregard, or shy away from the basic maintenance that keeps them safe and dependable. We can do better for our children. We can teach them early with Auto Upkeep, so they can avoid learning the hard (more expensive and unsafe) way. From choosing an insurance policy to performing basic maintenance and repair, Auto Upkeep presents the information that every driver should know.
Auto Upkeep is also great for homeschool students that don’t want to be hands-on, but want the benefits of being automotive literate. Homeschool students that read Auto Upkeep become confident decision makers, ready to communicate effectively with technicians and prepared if they decide to do the work themselves.
Are vehicles too complex to perform basic car care?
You Can Perform Many Procedures
A misconception exists that vehicles are too complex for the average consumer to perform do-it-yourself activities such as care, maintenance, and repair. Even though technology on vehicles grows exponentially, automobile owners can still perform many basic procedures to maintain a safe and dependable vehicle, as well as save money. Auto Upkeep provides practical easy-to-understand explanations with hundreds of detailed pictures and drawings to help consumers accomplish simple, but important, preventative measures and make sensible economic decisions.
- Automotive Systems
- Common Problems
- Repair Procedures
- Choosing a Repair Facility
- Car Buying
- Insurance Policies
Helpful guides are provided throughout the chapters.
How would your teen driver answer these questions?
Recent check up events revealed that most vehicles on the road need maintenance. The most common problem areas were air filters, engine oil, belts, windshield wipers, hoses, tires, and lights – basic inspection procedures that all drivers can perform after completing Auto Upkeep.*
Percent of vehicles needing service, fluids, or replacement parts.
Vehicles with the check engine light on.
After housing, an automobile will be the most expensive expenditure each young adult will have when they complete school. Due to the enormous cost of owning and operating a vehicle it is our duty as parents to help our young drivers become financially literate in this area of their life. An educated consumer that can diagnose common problems and communicate effectively about their vehicle will save time, money, and headaches.
Obeying traffic laws and avoiding distractions will help a driver stay safe, but there is more a driver can do to be prepared for the unexpected. Drivers that know what to look for when it comes to basic car care, maintenance, and repair are much safer. A driver can often see, hear, smell, or feel a problem before it leaves them stranded on a highway. Ultimately, a well educated automotive consumer makes the roads safer for everyone.
Average Cost of Owning and Operating an Automobile is
$8,876 per Year
(Assuming 15,000 Vehicle –
Miles Per Year)*
*Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics
*Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics
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From choosing an insurance policy to performing basic maintenance and repair, Auto Upkeep is the do-it-yourself automotive guide for the new driver in your family. Auto Upkeep helps keep your teen safe and vehicle reliable by providing easy-to-follow information with detailed pictures and drawings. Help your teen discover how to choose a quality repair facility, buy a car, handle roadside emergencies, perform basic maintenance, diagnose common problems, and communicate effectively with technicians – all while saving your family money.