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Independence and Your Car: A Discussion About Drivers Of All Ages

For several generations, owning a car gives a sense of independence and freedom. We can remember when we started wanting to own our first car when we were kids. Owning a car meant you were (almost) an adult, that you could go where you wanted to go, and you could go on an adventure on a moment’s notice.

But, this begs a discussion with drivers of all ages about what independence and your car means. From the teens learning how to drive defensively, to the elderly drivers who need to surrender their car keys for safety, we all have something to talk about. 

Teen drivers. We know how it feels. We’ve been there. You dream of the car you want. You talk your parents into letting you practice driving. You eventually get a car to drive. And you have to listen to your parents lecture you throughout your early driving career to be safer behind the wheel. We get it. A car gives independence, yes, but freedom comes with responsibility. 

You parents want you to drive safely and without distraction for several reasons:

  • They love you and don’t want to see you hurt in any kind of car accident.
  • They don’t want you to hurt others -- inside or outside of the car -- in any kind of driving mishap.
  • They don’t want to lose considerable amounts of money because of the damage you caused.
  • They don’t want to be surprised with a repair bill at the shop because you were too hard on the car.

Yes, you can enjoy your independence as a young driver, but don’t forget that safety is your top priority.

Working adults. You’ve been driving for a few years now and you are commuting back and forth to work, school, and your home. You could be driving for work or driving for pleasure. You may love driving or you may prefer to have someone else drive. Whatever your situation, independence and your car means that you can hop into your vehicle at any time and go do what you need to do. Go make some money. Go take the kids to school. Go on a road trip. Go visit your Grandma.

But here’s the deal. As an adult driver, you need to make sure you protect your independence by maintaining your car. With freedom comes responsibility, and if you want your vehicle to remain reliable and last for a long time, you need to do preventive maintenance. Waiting til the last minute to service your vehicle isn’t something we recommend. Instead, we suggest you bring your vehicle in for service on a regular basis so you have fewer repair surprises. Your vehicle is an asset to your independence. Take care of your car so your car can take care of you and yours.

Elderly drivers. We love you and respect you. We understand that you’ve been driving a long time and you don’t want to let go of your independence. We love you and we want you to operate your vehicle as long as you can do so safely. It’s a hard conversation to have. We know you may not want to surrender your keys when you start showing signs of dementia, major hearing loss, or when you lose your night vision. 

Your children and grandchildren want you to drive safely and surrender your keys when you can no longer do so. Here is why they may strike up a conversation with you about driving, your car, and your independence:

  • They love you and don’t want to see you hurt in any kind of car accident.
  • They don’t want you to hurt others -- inside or outside of the car -- in any kind of driving mishap.
  • They don’t want you to lose considerable amounts of money because of the damage caused.
  • They don’t want you to be surprised with a repair bill because your vehicle was neglected in some fashion.

You see, we all have reasons why we want to protect our independence and our vehicles. That is why we invite you to Import Auto Specialists in San Diego for preventive maintenance and repairs. Our goal is to inspect your vehicle and offer precise car care. Our team prides itself on getting to know your car, your driving habits, and you, which allows us to provide you with specialized service. Import Auto Specialists is now offering discounts to help stretch your budget dollars. Give us a call at 858-576-7186 or schedule an appointment today so we can take great care of you and your car. 

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