I guess it is a little late now, but before taking a car trip that is long or may face inclement weather, have her do the vehicle check list with you. On such trips, talk about and show what is checked quickly at fuel fills and at the end/beginning of the day.
Explain why you are looking at the level of the rad/brake/oil fluids. What the dash will say, if anything, if any of these levels are out of whack.
When you see people stranded on the side of the road, stop and allow her to watch you triage the scene. Or not stop, and just go through the checklist with her while you drive. When you are in the car with your daughter, you have a captive audience (make sure she is unplugged). Hopefully she is a little like a sailor and wants to be independent. Boats have checklists for taking her out and making all fast, show how this is relevant to other vehicles.
That said, I still take all vehicles to the shops, saves me calling them later and explaining why a bunch of unnecessary work is unnecessary.
Thanks everyone for encouraging words in pm's and a kick ass send off for the day. Had an amazing time. Fucking insane weather, but I learned a lot about what my vessel can handle today specifically. Good old gale force wind will do that quickly.
Gale force was not reported at buoy 26 yesterday. The modern Beaufort scale lists gale force as between 34 and 40 knots (39 to 46 statute mph). Yesterday's numbers for buoy 26 show max sustained winds at 29.1 kts with gusts at 35.0 knts at both 1:50 and 2:50 p.m. I am sure it was rough and uncomfortable and wet and exciting but...
Seriously? You were out there? Do you know how sustained winds are calculated? Did the vhf have gale force wind warnings?
This guy may be wanking off on the forum, but I see little difference from many threads, except he was actually sailing.