School season is right around the corner, which means now is the perfect time for some back-to-school auto maintenance. Aside from basic car care — such as changing the oil — there are a few things you can do to stay safer and better prepared for when school starts.
Regular maintenance, according to Radair, should include an oil change, tire rotation, fluid-level check, and wiper replacement. You should also give your warning lights a glance. If your check engine light — or any other warning light — is on, you should take your car to the shop as soon as possible. Once school starts, you may be too busy for repairs.
Stock your emergency roadside kit. You should have jumper cables, a pair of gloves, a first aid kit, water, blankets, and a flashlight. Be sure to make sure your spare tire is properly inflated. Staying prepared is key to handling any potential problems.
Cars often become a deposit for various belongings during the school year, so consider avoiding all of the clutter by using in-car organizers to separate books, sporting gear, and professional clothes. It’s also worth trying to coordinate a carpool with friends and neighbors. Not only will sharing your commute reduce your carbon footprint and save you money, it can help keep you on schedule.
Whether you’re a student, teacher, or parent, getting your vehicle serviced before the whirlwind of the school season will help keep your life running smoothly. Give us a call here at McKaig Chevrolet Buick — our service department will be happy to help you prepare your car for the busy year to come.