The holiday season is coming up, and many college students are taking a road trip back home to spend time with their families. As a parent, this can be a scary experience. You want your kids to be safe on the road during their travels. At LMC Complete Automotive & Collision Repair, we believe that safety is a priority, especially for young drivers. That’s why we’ve listed some tips to help your college student get to their destination safely this holiday season:
- Check Under the Hood
Lift the hood of your car and check the important engine components inside. Make sure your battery and cables are free of any cracks, dirt, or corrosion. Take a look at the radiator and hose to make sure that there are no leaks. Finally, check the air filter. If it’s dirty, replace it. A dirty air filter can allow dust to seep into your engine, making your car less efficient in both performance and gas mileage.
- Test Your Tires
Before hitting the road, examine your tires for air pressure and tread. Check the owner’s manual for the exact amount of tire pressure needed. To check the tread, simply run your hands over the tire. If you feel anything unusual, such as a smooth surface or a tear, get your tires replaced. Additionally, it is a good idea to check the tread and tire pressure on your spare tire – you want your spare to be in good shape in case of a flat.
- Be Prepared
Emergencies can happen at any time, and it’s important to be prepared. LMC recommends having a well-stocked emergency kit in your car to help you through any situation. Some key items to have are:
- First Aid Kit
- Jumper Cables
- A flashlight with new batteries
- A fully charged emergency cell phone
You may want to add more items, but these are the essentials to have for emergencies.
- Take Your Car in for Service
Before taking any long trip, it is important to bring your car in for essential maintenance. Something as simple as an oil change can prevent a major problem from happening on the road. Taking your car in for service before a road trip allows auto technicians to fix problems before they even occur.
- Check Your Car’s Components
Turn your car on and make sure no important lights are on, such as the check engine or TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) light. These lights indicate that your car needs some type of service to run at its best. Additionally, check your windshield wipers. With fall comes increased rain, and you need your windshield wipers to effectively clear your windshield in case of a downpour.
The holidays are meant for relaxing and spending time with the family, but for many college students, it also means travelling. Make sure your college student’s car is ready for their holiday road trip. LMC offers professional auto services in the Spring, Texas, area. Give us a call at (281) 651-7766.