Most students turn their attention to school once September rolls around. After all, the start of the school year is one of the busiest times of the year. If you drive a car to and from school, we highly recommend that you take some time to go over these back to school maintenance as part of your school preparation this year. These tips will help keep your car running in tip top shape.

Here are some tips to get your car ready for the back to school season.

Wash your car regularly

Dirt and dust can build up on your car with regular use. Even if you couldn’t care less about what your car looks like, washing your vehicle is important. It will not only maintain the visual appeal of your vehicle, it is also a great way to maintain your car’s paint and finish.

Dirt, if left on your car for too long, can act like sandpaper and wear down your car’s paint. Not only will your car look unattractive, this can also affect your car’s resale value. It doesn’t matter what type of vehicle you own. All vehicles need love and attention. With proper care and maintenance, you’ll get a much longer lifetime out of your car.Make it a habit to wash your car regularly.

Don’t skip scheduled service

Maintenance involves checking or replacing parts timing belts, wiring, and spark plugs. It is recommended to have your cars serviced every 30,000 miles. Unfortunately, most students don’t have the time or money to take their cars to a mechanic for routine maintenance. But skipping will cost you more money in the long run.

Routine maintenance is important as it prevents small problems from turning into more complicated and costly repair. Plus, knowing that your car was checked by a professional technician will ensure that your car is safe on the road. Check your owner’s guide and find out when your scheduled car maintenance services are. Never skip scheduled service.

Keep an eye on your tires

Check tire pressure before the school starts. Your car will perform better if the tire pressure is within the suggested guidelines. Underinflated tires, on the other hand, can reduce your fuel economy, cause unwanted wear and tear on your vehicle and can lead to other major tire failures. Be sure to check your car’s tire pressure at least once a month.

Also, don’t forget to check the tire depth. One of the simplest ways to check tire depth is by placing a penny head down in the tread groove.  If you can see the top of Lincon’s head, this is an indication that you need new tires.

Always bring an emergency kit

An emergency kit is one of those things that people don’t think much about until something goes wrong. As such, we highly recommend that you assemble your own car emergency kit and place it in your car at all time. The kit should include basic items such as multipurpose utility tool, flash light, extra batteries, jumper cables, tire gauge, fire extinguisher, first aid kits, and some snacks.