You’ve been hearing about back-to-school backpack sales, sneaker sales and pencil sales for months. But those aren’t the only things that need consideration when that school bell starts ringing. Back-to-school season means not only driving kids to and from class, but to dance practice, swim team, football games, the list literally goes on and on and on. Now, it’s more important than ever to be sure your car is as safe as possible and able to smoothly carry all your precious cargo. To be sure your brakes are working, your tires are properly maintained, and your battery is fully charged. (Yours and the car’s!) Here are some tips on back-to-school auto prep, for all stages of life.
Driving With Kids
You’ve got a four-year-old, a seven-year-old, and have agreed to drive the neighbor’s brood to school as well. Welcome to the world of carpooling! These children will provide you with a morning of giggles, chatter, and a heck of a lot of crumbs. But, as always, the most important thing to consider when transporting children is safety. The fact is, booster seats can reduce the risk of injury for children ages four to eight by 45% compared to seat belts alone. Kids require different types of car and booster seats as they grow, and proper installation is VERY important. If you’re not sure how to install your child’s seat, visit your local Sears Auto Center and ask them to check for you.
It’s also very important to be sure your battery is in tip-top shape. You certainly don’t want to run out of juice with a car full of children! Shop for new batteries or make an appointment before you hit the road on the first day of school.
Teens Behind The Wheel
It’s the day you’ve both dreamed of and dreaded. Your 16-year-old has a license to drive and will be taking himself to school. Before your turn over your keys, this is the perfect time to give your car a thorough service check. Do your brakes need repair? Do you need new tires? Could your car use an overall tune-up? You can schedule an appointment at Sears Auto Center to ensure your new driver has a safe vehicle.
It’s also important to teach your new driver some car maintenance basics, like how to change a flat tire, what fuel efficiency means, and how to extend the life of a vehicle. Consider it an investment in your own sanity.
Driving Your Child to College
Whether college is 20 minutes away or 20 hours, driving your child there for the first time is an emotional event. There are a million other things to think about that day, so it’s important to prepare your car ahead of time. Sears Auto offers a free Performance Snapshot evaluation every time you bring your car in for service to help reduce the chances of an unexpected breakdown. We can help ensure your car is as safe as possible, so you can focus on more important things like decorating that dorm room.
You could also consider purchasing a car top carrier to help haul all of those college necessities. Check and see which cargo carrier will fit your car’s make and model, and meet your family’s needs. No matter where your back-to-school journeys take you, Sears Auto Center is here to make sure every ride is safe and memorable.