Back-to-School Car Safety

With students heading back to school, it’s a good time for parents to evaluate the safety and condition of their vehicles. Make sure the car your child is taking to college or driving to high school is safe before you let them drive. Here are some tips to consider during the back-to-school season.

Deep clean the vehicle

Maybe you did a spring cleaning of your vehicle, but going back to school is also a good time to thoroughly clean your car. Besides a good car wash and vacuuming, you may also want to consider professional auto detailing to keep your car looking shiny and new.

This is also an excellent time to clean out everything in your trunk (like those clothes you’ve been meaning to donate) and change out any air fresheners for new ones.

Take care of basic maintenance

Before sending your child off with a family vehicle, make sure the car is in good shape. Taking care of basic maintenance will help your vehicle last for years.

Here are some items to evaluate:

  • Tires: There are a few tasks to keep track of when it comes to a vehicle’s tires. You’ll want to check the tread, tire rotation, and pressure to evaluate if they are still in good condition. If not, it may be necessary to purchase new tires.
  • Fluids: Check the vehicle’s fluid levels and top them off as necessary. This can include windshield wiper fluid, coolants, brakes, transmission, and more. If you notice you seem to lose fluid more rapidly than usual, you may want to check to see if you have a leak.
  • Oil change: Check the owner’s manual for how often your vehicle needs an oil change. Regularly changing oil helps an engine receive the lubrication it needs to run efficiently.
  • Wiper blades: Maybe you haven’t used your wiper blades in a while. This is a good time to check if they leave behind streaks while in use. If they are, take the time to replace them for proper visibility the next time it rains or snows.
  • Lights: Turn on your vehicle’s lights and make sure they turn on properly. This means checking every light bulb like headlights, rear lights, blinkers, and hazards. If any are broken, you must replace them immediately. A broken light could easily cause an accident.

An auto mechanic will also have the tools to check a car’s battery and brakes, which are important for a maintenance check.

Prepare an emergency kit

It’s essential to stay prepared for an emergency or car trouble. An emergency kit can help ease your stress during a demanding situation. You may want to include these items in your kit:

  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Ice scraper
  • Window washer fluid
  • Tire repair kit
  • Hazard triangle
  • First aid

An emergency kit can be stowed away in the trunk of your vehicle until it’s needed. Be sure to occasionally check your emergency kit to make sure the items are in good condition.

Seek an auto mechanic for a maintenance check

The average person can sometimes miss significant issues, so it’s a good practice to have an auto mechanic inspect your vehicle to detect or prevent any major maintenance issues.

If you’re looking for an auto mechanic garage in Lancaster, PA, consider CNM Auto Repair. We provide high-quality service from ASE-certified technicians at a fair price. We use the latest diagnostic equipment and quality replacement parts, so your vehicle can receive first-class service and repairs.

Call us at 717-397-1497 to schedule an appointment or just stop by to see if we are available. You can also schedule an appointment online.