It’s never too soon to start thinking about your kids going back to school. Besides doing all the shopping for school supplies, clothing and shoes that they will need, you should spend a little time getting your car ready too. Check your owner’s manual to see if you need to schedule any milestone auto maintenance service checks. Make sure your Car is Back-To-School Ready by getting all necessary auto routine maintenance, (like the braking system, wheels, and tires). If you have children, make sure to check the fit on their car seat or booster seat. Having your car serviced, cleaned, and well organized now, will save you time and frustration once the kids are back in school.
1. Is Your Car Up-To-Date On Routine Maintenance?
Routine maintenance, like oil changes and tire rotations, are important and shouldn’t be put off. Keeping your car in good running condition, helps reduce the chance of big problems developing unnoticed, and prolongs the overall life of your car.
The braking system should be serviced annually. If it’s been a while since you had your brakes checked, you hear screeching or grinding when you apply the brakes, or the brake indicator light in the dash is lit, schedule a Brake Service as soon as possible.
Lights & Wipers
Have all your lights checked out and replace any burned out bulbs or fuses. This includes:
- Headlamps, High Beams
- Fog Lights
- Turn Indicators
- Brake Lights
- License Plate Light
- Cabin Lights
Inspect the wiper blades and replace them if they are cracked, warped, or perform inadequately.
Wheels & Tires
Check tires for excessive or uneven wear. Make sure the tires are inflated with the proper air pressure. Have a service technician help you if you have any questions or concerns about your wheels or tires.
2. Car Seat & Seat Belt Adjusted Correctly?
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. It is vital to select and use a car seat correctly every time your child is in the car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website contains important information on how seat belts should fit on your child. For children that still need car seats, they have tips and guidelines on selecting and installing the appropriate car seat or booster seat based on your child’s age and size.
3. Are You Ready for Emergencies?
You never know when you might find yourself in an emergency situation. Whether it becomes necessary for yourself, your children, or a fellow motorist, it’s a good idea to have some basic emergency supplies packed and easily stored in your car.
An emergency kit should be self contained in a backpack, zippered compartment, or storage box. It should contain jumper cables, road flares, reflectors, leather gloves, a flashlight with extra batteries, a multi-tool, and a tire pressure gauge. Make sure you have a jack in the car as well.
- Adhesive bandages, gauze, butterfly bandages
- Antiseptic wipes, hand sanitizer, antibacterial ointment, burn cream
- Tweezers & scissors
- Latex gloves
- Face masks
- Pain reliever, allergy medication
- Bottled water, non-perishable snacks
- A change of clothes – weather appropriate
- Large towel or blanket
- Small games, deck of cards, story books, etc.
4. Is The Interior Clean & Organized?
Cars often wear many hats. They transport us to work and school, to sports practice, to lawn & garden centers, to the veterinarian, and a million more places every week. The forgotten toys, loose socks, hidden french fries, and empty drink containers can take up a lot of space. Before school starts, take stock of the things in your car and decide what gets to stay, what needs to be put away, thrown out, or recycled. Once that is done, give the interior a good vacuuming, washing and reorganizing. You will be amazed by how much better you feel.
Professional, Honest & Reliable Auto Repair
Taylor Co Automotive Service is a family owned business, and we treat our customers like family members. We want you to feel comfortable when you bring in your car for its routine service or auto repair. All services and repairs are backed by our lifetime warranty.