Summer goes by fast and without warning! Heading back to school is a busy time with checking off your supply list, planning your lunches, and finding the perfect backpack. But don’t forget your car maintenance, it’s important too. Whether you are a parent, college student, or a new driver heading to high school, getting your car prepared for the new school year should be a top priority. Review our back-to-school checklist below to help you get started on preparing your vehicle for the new school year.
Back-to-School Checklist: Safety First
- Avoid distractions! Put your phone on do not disturb. A phone call, text, or checking your latest status on social media, can wait until you reach your destination. Driving and using your phone is unsafe and is not worth the aftermath of what could happen if you let that distractions get in the way of your driving. And make sure to review the phone laws too so you are aware and can discuss with your family to keep everyone safe.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car with jumper cables, a first-aid kit, flares, a basic tool kit, and other safety essentials. Update your kit once or twice a year and keep it in the trunk of your car.
- Be aware of your speed, especially around a school zone area. Watch out for pedestrians and children walking and riding their bikes to school.
- Collisions are the number one cause of death and injury among children. Seatbelts and car seats prevent injury from choosing the right restraint and installing it properly. Inspect your children’s car seats and pay attention to the labels to make sure your child is the correct weight, height, and age limits for the particular seat. It’s essential to read the recall information too.
- Keep your eyes on the road at all times. Plan ahead and make sure you know the route and where to park.
- Always have your car registered and have your car insurance info in a convenient spot in your car.
Back-To-School Checklist: Car Maintenance
- Check your windshield wiper fluids.
- Inspect your car’s headlights and replace the bulbs if necessary.
- Maintain your tires and get them rotated and inspected by a professional.
- Check your brakes! Make sure they are not worn out.
- Check for leaks
- Fill up your car with gas.
Parent Car Checklist
- Get your car spruced up for the new school year! You don’t want to have a messy or unorganized car before school starts, especially if you are carpooling. You can make this a fun time with the family to work together on getting the car fresh and clean.
- Schedule carpooling ahead of time. There are a lot of nifty apps to help keep track of the schedule or create a carpooling chart to put on your refrigerator.
- Organize your car with storage for backpacks, groceries, and after school activity essentials.
- Before school begins, read up on the drop-off and pick-up rules and regulations.
High-Schooler Car Checklist
- For most high schools, parking is limited. Arrive at school early to give yourself enough time to find a parking spot before the bell rings. And getting to school at a reasonable time will prevent you from rushing to school, which could be unsafe.
- Buckle Up! It’s the law, and it saves lives. Make sure you buckle up before you take off. Check your seat belts too to ensure they are working correctly.
- Pick your music before you leave and keep a reasonable volume while driving, so you can hear sirens and other sounds for safety reasons.
College Student Car Checklist
- If you are a new college student, map out the best route. Review the directions and practice driving there.
- Purchase your Parking pass before school begins, so you are not late for your classes.
- Plan out your schedule accordingly.
- If you are going away for school, make sure your vehicle is ready and stay on a regular maintenance schedule.
Get to school safe this year by keeping up on your car’s maintenance schedule and prepare yourself and car for the new school season with this back-to-school checklist. If your car is overdue for an oil change or you need a battery check, contact us today.