Quick Car Checks Before Sending Your Child Off To College

Summer is coming to a close and it’s almost time to send your child back or to college! Every parent wants their child to make it to school safely! We have three very important quick car checks for their vehicle before they leave for school. They include oil level, tire pressure, and lights. Keep reading to learn more.

Oil Level
Checking oil levels in your child’s car is important but can also be a great teaching moment. Showing them how to check their oil levels is a great skill to have. When checking the oil you want to make sure the car is warm and on level ground. Also be prepared to have a rag handy. Make sure to turn off the engine while checking the oil allowing it to settle. When you are ready – simply remove the dipstick and wipe it off with a rag. Repeat this process one more time. If the oil levels are within range they should be between the two marks. If they are not in between those lines schedule an appointment to get an oil change before they leave for college!

Tire Pressure
Most modern cars will tell you when your tire pressure is low and you need to add some air. But just in case the message failed to pop up or your car doesn’t have those sensors – we’ll provide some help on how to check the pressure. If you do not own a tire pressure gauge we recommend purchasing one. Every car in your household should have one. This pressure gauge will help determine how many pounds of air you have in your tires. There should be a booklet or a sticker in your car that lets you know how many pounds of air should be in each tire. Check the gas cap or drivers side door frame for common spots to highlight these details! Head to your local gas station, remove your caps and insert your tire pressure gauge into the valve stem on your tire. Use the gauge to add the correct amount of air in your tires.

It’s very important that all brake lights and headlights are working on your child’s vehicle! The best way to check and make sure if these are working is to have one person in the driver seat and the other outside looking at the lights. Turn on the car – make sure the car is still in park and press on the brake. Then have the person in the driver seat turn on the headlights and make sure they are working properly.

These three items are essential to making sure that your car is safe and ready for travel. If you are not confident in checking these items we are more than willing to help you out! Just give us a call at (916) 721-7424.

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