There’s always a lot to do before the school year starts. Back-to-school season can be somewhat stressful for parents and kids alike. In preparation, the one agenda you should keep as your top priority is getting your car ready for school!
Whether you’re driving the kids back and forth to school or you’re a college student driving your car back to campus, these tips will help you make sure your vehicle is safe and ready just in time to go back to school.
Check lights and wipers
With shorter days and weary weather ahead, make sure your car’s lights and wipers are functioning so that you can see and be seen. You can often tell if a turn signal light is out because the dashboard indicator will typically flash quicker than usual if a bulb needs to be replaced. To complete a full inspection, have someone walk around the car. At the same time, you turn on the various lights, including headlights, fog lights, turn signals, and emergency hazard lights. Check the wiper blades for signs of wear and get them replaced, if necessary.
An essential safety feature in your car is its braking system. Make sure that your brakes are functioning correctly before the school year begins in full swing. You can schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs from your vehicle, such as the illuminated brake light or screeching grinding or clicking noises when you apply the brakes.
Get your tires checked
Tires not inflated properly can negatively affect the car’s handling as well as the gas mileage. Before you start shipping kids to and from school and activities again, make sure you check the tire pressure and refill any underinflated tires, including the spare in the back. You should also look for any uneven wear and inspect the tread depth, to be sure. You may also want to have your tires rotated to help prevent uneven wear.
A back-up detection device
Consider having a back-up detection device installed that provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse. While you should never solely rely on these devices, they can help reduce the risk of back-over incidents. Go over other prevention tips from NHTSA.
Check under the hood
If you keep up with the necessary maintenance, it may prevent potentially costly repairs down the road. It would be best to get your hood popped by a mechanic to ensure everything is working smoothly. Don’t forget to check fluid levels for the following:
- Motor oil
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Brake fluid
Top off any low fluids and, if necessary, get all leaks fixed. While you’re under the hood, also get your car’s battery checked. Please make sure its connections are tight and clean any corrosion off the terminals with a battery brush. If the battery is more than two years old, you may also want to have it tested to see how much charge is left.
You can trust the certified mechanics over at the Car Factory to ensure everything in your car is in perfect working order. We have ensured the use of masks and regular sanitization at both Miami and Florida dealerships to help safeguard both our customers and our employees. Please book an appointment today by calling us at 786-406-6234 or visit our website to check out our range of new or certified used cars.
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