View Our Back-To-School Car Care and Safety Tips
You have your pencils, notebooks, a backpack and even the latest fashion trend to start the year. But if back-to-school means your teenage child will be spending time on the road going to-and-from school, you’ll want these car care and safety tips to assist you in making sure the car their driving is properly maintained. Instead of running to a mechanic with every question, save money with these car care and safety tips to assist you in keeping your vehicle properly maintained.
Here are a few helpful car care and safety tips before heading off to school:
- Check oil, hoses and fill fluid levels as recommended in the owner’s manual
- Flush and refill the cooling system (radiator) according to the service manual’s recommendations
- Check brakes and brake pads
- Check tire pressure and tire wear, use the “Abe test” – insert a penny into the groove of your tires with Lincoln’s head pointed down, if any part of Lincoln’s head is obscured by the tire tread, your tires are ok! If not, you should replace them.
Here are a few helpful car care and safety tips while away at school:
- If a warning or indicator light comes on, address the problem immediately
- Listen for any strange noises for potential problems, such as a screeching belt or noisy fan
- Check the ground beneath your vehicle for any leaking fluids
- Keep the inside of your vehicle clean. An empty soda bottle or flying papers can create a distraction.
- Keep your car manual handy and familiarize yourself with your vehicles features and recommended service schedules
Top Ten Items You Should Always Have in Your Vehicle
Anytime you travel in your car, there is always the chance that you could have mechanical problems, be in an accident or get caught in traffic or bad weather. Keeping these few items in your vehicle will help you handle most situations.
- Insurance Information and Registration
- Jumper Cables or Portable Power Pack
- Spare Tire and Jack
- Flashlight, be sure to check the batteries and keep a spare set
- Cell Phone Charger
- Portable GPS or Map
- First Aid Kit with Road Flares or Reflective Triangle
- Fire Extinguisher
- Non-Perishable Food (granola or protein bars) and Water
Owning a car is a big responsibility and properly maintaining your vehicle will not only make it last longer but also will make it much more pleasant driving experience. You don’t always need to be a mechanic to detect something could be wrong, follow these simple car care and safety tips to help you detect if your vehicle is not running properly. In the event of a breakdown or occurrence where you are stuck in your vehicle – be sure your vehicle is well equipped to keep you safe until help arrives.
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