Don't leave your auto out of your back to school preparations.
You may be waiting in a drop-off line, handing your highschooler the keys, or sending your college student across the country. No matter what phase of life you are in, you want your auto to be in tip-top shape to get everyone where they need to go, on time and safely!
Vehicle Cleaning and Organization
Cleaning and organizing are not just for your mental health, but also for your safety. Did you know that loose items in your car become dangerous objects in the event of an accident? Make sure to ride with your school supplies and extracurricular gear safely secured.
- Unpack all of the summer stuff
- Remove all of the trash
- Investing in a trunk organizer for all their extracurricular equipment can be a lifesaver!
- Kids should put backpacks in the trunk, not at their feet.
- Anything that cannot be stored in the trunk should go on the floor, against the back of the seat in front of you.
Many states have instituted “hands-free” laws. Prepare your vehicle with the appropriate blue-tooth technology to keep your drivers in contact, and off their phones, legally and safely.
Educate Your Drivers
Making sure your household drivers are educated on precaution and procedure in the event of trouble on the road is very important. Here are the things they need to know:
- What to do in the event of a car accident
- What to do with a dead battery (because we all forget to turn off the lights every once in a while)
- How to change a tire
- When and how to call roadside assistance
- What is in the Emergency Kit and why
Check Your Fluids, Tires, and Brakes!
- Check your oil and fluid levels – We have in-depth instructions on the blog here.
- Look over your tires – Insert a penny into the groove of your tire's tread. Lincoln's head should be upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch, which means it's time to replace those tires.
- Pay attention to those brakes – Your brakes will alert you if they need replacing by emitting a high pitched screeching sound. They are purposely designed to make this sound as a warning. But if you look between the spokes of your rims you will see the outside pad pressed against your metal rotor, if the brake pad is less than 3mm thick you should have them replaced.
We all know there is a lot to do to get those kids ready for school, save yourself some time and bring your vehicle into the professionals at North Hills Auto for our 120+ Point Vehicle Inspection!