As the summer ends and the start of school season begins parents and caregivers will start to get prepared by stocking up on stationaries and fitting new uniforms and buying new shoes. But there is one thing that is bound to get ignored and that is making sure that your car is up to another semester of drop-offs and pick-ups. With all the extra driving and the rush to be on time there are expenses related to repairs and additional fuel costs that could add up of your vehicle isn’t prepared for the school year. To help parents and caregivers be better prepared for this school year we have compiled a list of easy-to-do tasks tips that will get your vehicle ready for the school year.
The first and most important check should be your tyres. A blown-out tyre can cost you time and money in the future so you should make a habit of checking it regularly. You should be sure to check your tyre tread, inflation, alignment and any other signs of wear and tear. If you are unsure of the correct tyre pressure you should check your owner’s manual for the recommended level. You should also be checking your tyres for cuts and bulges, if you find anything you should consider calling out a mobile tyre fitting team to fix or replace at home or at work.
To avoid adding extra strain to your day when it’s your turn for the school run you should be checking your fluids ever so often. Your engine oil, wiper fluid, brake fluid and other liquids should be checked and if needed topped up often. When checking the engine oil, you should first make sure that the engine is cool, then pull out the dip stick and wipe with a clean cloth and then dip back into the oil compartment to a more accurate reading.
Not only is driving with broken lights dangerous it is also illegal and if pulled over it could be an inconvenience or it could be points on your licence so why risk it? To check yours you should apply the car’s handbrake while stationary and then turn all your car lights on, including but not limited to the headlights, brake lights, fog lights and indicators. Walk around to inspect the vehicle from every angle. If any of the light bulbs are out you can check your owner’s manual for the type of bulb and order online for the chance to save some money.
When driving, it is very important to be able to be able to see everything around you which is why it is important for your windscreen, windows and mirrors to be clean and clear. You can use a simple window cleaner and clean cloth to with the surfaces and to get rid of any smudges and handprints that might be on it.
With kids being kids it is important to make sure that all of your seat belts are in proper working order. Kids don’t really care where they are as long as they can play and jump around and being in a car is no different. If left unsupervised they can cause chaos and cause distractions so it is always a good idea to make sure that they are properly fastened in before you begin the school run.