As your college student goes back to school, it may seem that you are lost in a maze of supplies, furnishings, clothes, and equipment. In all the hustle and bustle that is carried out in the weeks before school starts, it’s imperative to remember to check your teen’s car. A simple, standard inspection can prevent your child from being stranded on the road, or worse, in an accident.
Check all four tires for signs of extreme wear including visible cables and bumps on the tire. These are indicators that your tires need to be changed immediately. To check the tread on your tires try the penny test. Simply insert a penny into the tread, and if Lincoln’s head doesn’t disappear, it’s time for a new set.
Fluid Check and Replacement
Before your child makes the long trip back to school, check the oil to make sure your teen’s engine stays healthy. Examine the oil for a dark color or gummy texture, which could signal engine trouble. Top off your oil as needed, and take note of when the next oil change should be. It’s also a good idea to check the rest of the vehicle’s fluids including transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant. These main fluids play a vital role in the health of your teen’s vehicle.
This step seems straightforward, but it typically doesn’t register in someone’s mind until there is a problem or too much wear in your wiper blades. Check your student’s blades before they leave to help ensure safe travel.
Every vehicle should have a basic emergency kit inside. These kits can include things like a flashlight and extra batteries, jumper cables, basic tools, traffic triangles, and sometimes even non-perishable food and a blanket. Having these simple items in your vehicle can not only make road issue less inconvenient but also keep you safe.
Before your teen pulls out, make sure to go to your local mechanic to do a routine inspection. Ask your mechanic to check the condition of hoses, connectors, seals, and belts. Your mechanic should also check the brake system and the transmission system, looking for symptoms that could lead to a big problem.
Preparing your teen’s vehicle for their college trip will not only help to keep them safe but also relieve some worry and stress from your mind. When you need proper pre trip inspection of a vehicle, call the professionals at GM exclusive at [nw_date field=phone] today.