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.
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
• 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.