School is right around the corner and that means morning drop-offs and running to soccer practice are about to become the norm once more. While you think about school supplies and picking up new uniforms, you should give a thought to the health of your car.
Let’s take a look at some back to school car maintenance items you should check out before school kicks off at the end of August.
Brakes are one of the most important elements of your car. Without them, you’d be in quite a bit of trouble. Your vehicle’s brakes should be inspected once a year to ensure they’re working properly. So before you volunteer to join your local carpool circuit, make sure your car is safe for all who ride in it with a Frederick, MD brake service.
Like brakes, tires are a pretty essential car component. You wouldn’t get very far without them. Before school starts, you may want to consider having your tires rotated to help promote even wear. You should also make sure that all of your tires are properly inflated. Getting a flat tire on the way to school could be dangerous for everyone in the car.
As the days grow shorter, your headlights will become more and more important. Make sure all of your car’s lights are adequately bright. Any headlights that look a little dim should either be professionally restored or replaced, if necessary. Your windshield wipers should also be functioning properly. Not being able to see through rainy conditions can be very dangerous in the days ahead.
As you drive, remember to practice safe driving at all times whether you’re driving with your kids or not. Things like not using your cell phone, making sure everyone is buckled up, and keeping your focus on the road are all essential anytime you drive.
For younger kids, make sure they are either in the appropriate car seats or booster seats as required by law. You should also try to bring a few items on car trips to keep children occupied so you’re not distracted while you’re driving. Things like little books, soothing music, and simple toys can help in this regard.
Ken’s Automotive and Transmissions is here to help you with all of your back to school vehicle maintenance items. We can help with tire rotation, headlight restoration, brakes, and more. If you’d like to learn more about our Frederick, MD auto repair services, give us a call at 301-662-5100 or fill out the contact form on our website.
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