The semester is wrapping up and it is time for many college students to travel back home to Spring, Texas. Whether your child is spending their holidays at home or traveling, it is important that their car is in the best condition to keep them safe. LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair knows that safety is a top-priority when driving, so we’ve listed out some preventative maintenance tips for college students to keep their car running safely:
- Get an Inspection
A professional inspection of your vehicle is one of the best places to start when it comes to preventative maintenance. By having your car completely inspected by an auto care technician, you can get a professional insight into problems, both large and small. The technicians will inspect everything, including the exhaust system, battery hoses, and the timing belt. From there, they can offer recommendations for any needed repairs or services on your vehicle to get your vehicle running at its best.
- Check and Refill Fluids
If the essential fluids in your car are low or empty, you can run into problems with the vehicle’s performance and can even risk damaging the engine. If your car won’t start or is difficult to drive, you may need to have the fluids checked. A few of the most important fluids to check are:
- Air conditioning coolant
- Brake fluid
- Motor oil
- Power steering fluid
- Radiator fluid
- Transmission fluid
- Windshield wiper fluid
By having these fluids checked and refiled when needed, you can prolong the life of your car and keep yourself safe when traveling.
- Inspect the Tires
One of the best ways to stay safe on the road is to monitor tire tread and pressure. Check the owner’s manual for the recommended tire pressure level and adjust your tire’s pressure as needed. Another important tire to check is the spare. In the event of a flat tire, you want to make sure your spare tire is up for the task of getting you to an area where you can safely address the issue.
- Test the Car’s Battery
Before traveling, you want to make sure that your car’s battery is running properly. If your car is having trouble starting up, you are noticing a dashboard warning light, or if you are having issues with electrical components, it may be time to get your battery tested. If the test revels that the battery is not functioning properly, invest in a new one. This protects the engine and prevents a dangerous situation on the road.
While many students are excited for their travel plans this season, staying safe on the roads is important. LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair can help with preventative maintenance services to make sure your car is running at its best before hitting the road. Give us a call at (281) 651-7766.