The summer is quickly coming to an end, which means it’s nearly time for carpool lines, baseball games, study groups and dorm rooms. Whether you’re a PTA mom or about to start your first year of college, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared to dive into the new school year. It’s easy to get caught up in picking that perfect first day outfit, making sure you have the latest TI calculator, and planning out a semester of bento boxes. But don’t forget to make sure your car is ready to drive into the semester, too! Steve Landers Collision & Glass is here to help you make sure your vehicle is adequately prepped. Read on for our back-to-school checklist.
Oil Check- We know, you know this one already. But it’s still a good reminder! Make sure your oil is both full and clean. If you typically refill your oil yourself, make sure you are actually changing it out. If you go too long without changing your oil, you can end up with some pretty gnarly engine issues later on. Parents, check with your high school and college kids to make sure they are keeping up with these basic maintenance points—especially if you have students that are driving back and forth from school to see you!
Tire Check- Your tires are so important to keep your car working right, save on gas, prevent accidents, and just getting you where you need to go. Before you head back to school or start driving a carpool every day, you should take a little time to thoroughly check your tires for pressure levels, foreign objects and general wear and tear. Make sure you don’t see any nails or other objects sticking out of them, and make sure you have plenty of tread. Check the air levels of each tire and fill them all up to the recommended fullness. You should probably keep a jack and a spare tire in your car, too. You never know what could happen and if something does, you’ll be glad you were prepared.
Windshield Check- You know that little crack you’ve been avoiding in your windshield? The one that isn’t that big of a deal, even though you swear it used to be smaller? Let the back-to-school season be your motivator to finally stop ignoring that crack—we promise, you’ll feel so much better. The good news is, our team here at Steve Landers Collision & Glass will come to you! If your windshield has developed any cracks, chips or other imperfections, that means its structural integrity is weakened and it’s not as safe to drive. Do you really want to send your child off to college or be responsible for multiple little lives with that looming in the back of your mind? Even if you need an entirely new windshield, we will meet you where you are for the repair so you don’t have to go out of your way, even a little bit. No repair is too big or too small!
Paint Check- Let’s face it, first impressions matter. When you roll up to the school on that first day, you want to look like you have it together. You want to turn heads… in a good way. One way to make sure you show up looking fresh is by updating your paint job. We can help you out with those little touch-ups using our computerized paint mixing system to quickly match your car’s exact color.
Car Wash Check- We already mentioned the first impressions thing, and there’s nothing like getting a car wash to make you feel more confident than ever. If you haven’t done it in a while, you’ll be amazed how different your car feels when it’s gleaming in the sunlight. This step is especially important if you or your child is leaving home for college. Not only will a car wash make you look and feel better, but it will help prevent damage and protect the outside of your car long-term. Things like bird poop and dead bugs can cause your paint to come off, so washing your car can actually save you money in the long run.
Insurance Check- Finally, you need to do an insurance check! Again, if you’re sending your child off to school away from home, you’ll really want to double check this one. Make sure they have a recent copy of their car insurance somewhere inside the vehicle that’s easily accessible. If you’re a carpool parent, you should do the same. Make sure the other parents feel secure with you driving their kids around! Insurance is necessary if you get pulled over or find yourself in an unavoidable fender-bender. Hopefully that won’t happen, but if it does, you can always call us at Steve Landers Collision Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.