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Prep Your Car Now for Back-to-School Carpools

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Although it feels like summer just got started, the sad (or happy, depending on your household) reality is that the first day of school is fast approaching, which means if you need to shuttle your kids and their classmates to their educational institution, it’s time you start readying your vehicle for morning rushes, sleepy students, larger-than-life school projects, and smooshed, sometimes left behind lunches.


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“Back-to-school time is hectic for most families, but scheduling a complete vehicle inspection is time well spent,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Knowing your vehicle was checked by a professional technician will give you peace of mind and make all those trips to school and activities safer and less stressful.”

To cut through early morning darkness and pelting rain, the experts at the Car Care Council recommend a thorough check of your lights and wipers to make sure they are in top-notch condition. Not to mention, with an increase in morning traffic and kids walking or biking to school, it’s in everyone’s best interest to have brakes that work.

“The braking system is your car’s most important safety feature. Before carpool season gets in full swing, make sure that your brakes are functioning properly. Schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs that your vehicle may need brake services, such as an illuminated brake light or screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes,” advises the Council.


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Your tires might be in need of TLC after a long, hot summer, so the Council recommends that before you head to first day drop-off, ensure your tires are properly inflated and are showing no signs of suspect wear and tear.

The Council also recommends investing in a back-up detection device that “provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse” although drivers “should not rely solely on these devices” when driving.

The back to school rush will be here before you know it; by prepping your car now, you’ll be good to go before the bell rings.

 News Source: Car Care Council