School is back in session, and now that you’ve gotten your kids geared up and ready to go, it’s time to make sure your car is ready to get the school year off to a great start too!
As you’re getting back into the swing of school and starting up your carpool, here are a few things you should check to make sure your car is ready to keep up with your busy schedule:
- Bring your car in for routine maintenance services and a 30-point safety check. An oil change is definitely a good starting point. Also, it’s a good idea to replace dirty oil and air filters, look over your exterior and interior lighting, and check your fluid levels to make sure your car stays on the road, rather than on the side of it.
- Prepare for fall showers. You never know when you might have to make the drive to school during a heavy downpour, and it’s important that your car is prepared. Our ASE Certified Experts will inspect your wiper blades to make sure you’ve got a clear, streak-free view. We’ll also check your tire pressure and tread to make sure your tires have enough traction on wet, rainy roads.
- Follow car seat safety practices. If you’ll be taking younger children along with you, it’s important to make sure your younger passengers have the right safety seat and it’s used in the right way to keep them protected throughout the drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that all children ages 13 and under should ride in the back seat, especially when it comes to those in rear-facing car seats. Any child in a rear-facing car seat should never ride in the front passenger seat when there’s an active passenger air bag. And when choosing a car seat, it’s important to always read child seat manufacturer’s instructions as well as your car owner’s manual for details on height and weight limits and instructions on how to install your car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system.
- Obey all school zone speed limits and traffic signs. Since younger children may wonder onto the street or outside of crosswalk lines, you should be extra careful when driving near or through school zones. Also, since a good portion of traffic is heading in the same direction you are, you should also be sure to look out for any other cars slowing down or stopping to let their kids out early.
- Teach younger children crosswalk and pedestrian safety tips. Talk to your kids about using crosswalks, sidewalks and things to be aware of on their walk to and from school. The most common cause for youth pedestrian crashes are due to dart-outs, when kids try to cross traffic mid-block and between parked cars.
- Make sure everyone buckles up! Especially check that your teenage passengers are buckling up. Survey results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that while some teens aren’t using their seat belts, most teens are more likely to buckle up when the adult driving them did. So, set a good example for all your passengers by buckling up!
Whether it’s an oil change or an engine repair, when it comes to car care, we’ve got you covered! So, if your car is in need of some Back-To-School servicing, be sure to book an appointment with our experts!