Back-To-School Safety & Car Maintenance Tips
Car Maintenance Tips near Birmingham AL
You’re preparing to go back to school, so make sure your car is ready for the ride too!
You’ve been stocking up on microwave mac and cheese, notebooks and pencils, and a new shower caddy for the awkward walk from your dorm to the bathroom. But don't forget right now is the most important time to have maintenance performed on your car to ensure a safe and relatively easy transition into the back-to-school season.
Here are some essential car maintenance notes to review before the real exams kick in this fall.
Testing your car's battery and understanding how to use jumper cables is one of the most important car safety tips. Though they work most of the time, the cables do need to be inspected and possibly replaced. You’ll want to ensure the battery is corrosion free because even a small amount can result in a car that won’t start. Additionally, have your battery tested for its cold cranking amps to make certain there is enough power to get your car moving!
It’s also highly important to get your tires checked! The best and easiest way to check your tire tread is with the Penny Test! Insert a penny into the tire tread grooves with Lincoln's head facing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, your tires are at 2/32nds of an inch or less of remaining tread, which means you need new tires immediately!
More essentials include checking to see if your car needs a tire alignment and regularly rotating your tires as recommended.
Tire pressure is also vital to safety. Check your car’s manual to confirm what your car’s tire pressure should regularly be. Make sure you check them when they’re cold, not after you recently drove the car as this will obscure results.
Fill up your gas tank before it gets too low! Few drivers know that when fuel levels drop below half a tank, the remaining gas is more easily evaporated. Running on a near empty gas tank causes another issue: the fuel pump will suck up residue that collects in the bottom of the gas tank which will cause fuel pump and fuel system failure. Save money and improve vehicle fuel economy by ensuring the gas never falls below half a tank.
Check to see if you need an oil change before the rush of getting back into the grind of school. You should also see if you need to replace dirty filters - air, fuel, etc. While you’re in the flow of providing maintenance your car, address your windshield wipers to see if they need to be them replaced, which is vital in maintaining safety during the rainy or snowy months.
Vehicle Service Center
Last but certainly not least, it's crucial for college students moving away for the first time to know where the nearest vehicle service center. This way you preempt any future problems you may face by having a trusted resource to help you get safely back on the road and stay up to date on your vehicle's maintenance.
The end of summer can be hectic, so let us take some stress off your hands! We’d love to help you out with any and all of the above car maintenance tips.Sources: AllState, Wastler Tire Pros, Smyth Automotive News