Back To School: Car Tips For College Bound Students

Back-to-school time can be very busy for students and parents alike. One item that should be on the top of the to-do lists is car care maintenance. Whether they’re attending high school or heading off to college, this can be a great time to have a maintenance check performed to help get your student’s car ready for the school season.

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According to one Indiana based dealership , “Making sure the college-bound vehicle gets a passing grade will give both the student and their parents peace of mind for the drive back to school. It’s always a good idea to inspect a vehicle and have any repairs done near home, at a familiar repair shop”.

Consider this car care checklist to help get your student—and their car—ready for a great school year.

•  Tires and tire pressure
•  Hoses and belts
•  Air filters
•  Wipers
•  Exterior and interior lighting
•  Fluid levels, including engine oil, power steering, brake, transmission, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant

In addition, a through tune-up should also be performed, which includes inspecting the following systems: battery, charging and starting; engine mechanical; power train control; fuel; ignition; and emissions. For extra safety, vehicles should have a roadside emergency kit that includes items such as flares, a first aid kit, a tire-changing jack, a tire pressure gage, jumper cables and a blanket.

Following these ten tips will go a long way to reducing maintenance costs, increasing your car’s reliability and protecting your family members during the coming school year.

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