The dog days of summer are quickly winding down and with the call of back to school, comes days of hairied schedules and mad dashes to school, practices and work commutes. Before the chaos of life’s daily grind gears back into full effect, make sure your car is ready for the long haul. Whether you’re taking them off to college or to kindergarten, here’s the back to school car basics you’ll need to get them there.
Clean It Up
When many hands make for light work, why wouldn’t you enlist in your whole family to take part in getting your vehicle ready for another school year? Chances are, they helped make it messy in the first place so why not chip in to spiff it up? It’s time to gather up the pit crew for a good clean up! Start by taking everything out of the vehicle and separating into piles. One for item that should go back inside your home and another for items that should go back inside the car, van, truck or SUV. Discard trash and any out of date papers. Personal items that don’t need to be kept in the car should be brought inside, including cups, water bottles, clothing, and bags.
Starting from the inside by washing your windows, mirrors and wipe down your dashboard, console, gear shifter and door handles. Use Q-tips to get in difficult cracks and crevices or cover a flat head screwdriver with a rag to get in especially tight places. After wiping everything off, you’re ready to vacuum all of the upholstery, any debris left on your dashboards, in those tight crevices, all of the floors including under the floor mats, under the seats as well as the floor mats.
Now that your interior is sparkling clean, you can start on the outside. Hose down our car, van, SUV or truck so the entire surface of it is wet. Using a bucket of soap and water, starting at the top and working your way down, begin to scrub your vehicle with a soft cloth or sponge. Use a rag dampened with alcohol to wipe down your windshield wipers and clean the grime and grease off of them. And don’t forget those headlights! Help brighten them up by using a toothbrush and toothpaste to scrub them.
A clean vehicle deserves to stay that way and getting organized before the throws of life’s demands start beckoning at your car door is a great way to start. Go through the paperwork you have for your SUV, truck, car or van and decide what truly is necessary to keep inside the vehicle and what can be tossed or kept safely in your home. For those items that you know you’ll need to keep inside the vehicle like toys, lotions, bug spray, snacks and wipes, try putting a pocket organizer over the back of the front seat for storage to keep them off the floor. For items you store in the trunk of your car or in the rear of your SUV or Minivan, use storage containers or boxes to keep items such as umbrellas, balls, equipment, gloves, blankets, emergency kit and groceries grouped together and stored to make it easier to find them. Not only will it secure them from rolling around the vehicle but it will make room for other items you may want to transport like folding chairs and groceries.
Now that your vehicle is clean and organized, it’s important to make sure it is roadworthy! Double check you are up to date on routine maintenance that can help extend your vehicle’s lifespan and help you avoid unnecessary repairs down the road. Remember that a little bit of maintenance goes a long way. Oil changes, new air filters, transmission flushes, radiator flushes and tune ups are all important maintenance for your vehicle to run properly. In addition, having your brake systems checked, including brake pads, rotors, drums and brake linings can not only help your vehicle brake better but save you unwanted expensive repairs by catching worn out pads before damage gets done to your rotors.
But the check up shouldn’t stop there! Make it a point to make sure your vehicle’s oil, power steering, antifreeze, brake, transmission and washer fluid to ensure there is the proper amount. And don’t forget the tread on your tires, which are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road below it. Under-inflated tires, tires with worn treads can reduce your traction and undermine the control you have over your vehicle. In addition, under-inflated tires can reduce your fuel efficiency, causing you to have to refuel more often and cost you more money.
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