As we are now entering the warmer weather don't forget to get your vehicle serviced. And for you parents who now have those new drivers in your home , remind your children the roads are shared by many.
Basic rules to remind young drivers: pay attention to the road, not the cell phone, and really, personally I am never impressed by how fast you can get from one traffic light to the next. Oh and its not just young drivers, there are plenty of older adults who have horrible roadway manners. Be careful not to drive to close to those people.
Find a repair shop you are comfortable with, it does not have to be a highend dealership either.
Remember some basic things:
- Check your tires. They have these things called wear bars, if you can see them chances are you may need tires.
- Brakes are also very important. Without them, stopping is rough. If you hear a noise don't put it off, it may be a sign of something more expensive down the road.
- Oil. Keep up on your oil changes. That is the lifeline to a motor that runs well.
- Tune ups. With the ever rising costs of fuel, that tune up is very important , and believe it or not so is the proper air pressure in your tires.
- Engine. If that engine is running a little warm you may need a raditor service, remember when its 75 degrees outside your engine is that much warmer.
Before planning that long trip, bring your car in for service. If you are handing your vehicle down to your child, take them with you to your mechianic introduce your child to the person you trust your car with. Chances are any good shop will treat you child as one of their own. Speaking from experience, we look after not only our customers, but their children . Our son's friends come to us when they have issues with their automobiles, and we take time to check their cars no matter how busy we might be, just to make sure they are safe.
Enjoy the warmer weather and respect all motorists. Don't wait until the last moment to repair your vehicle, and make sure you feel comfortable with the shop you use. Be leary of those gimmicks to get you in the door. And as a parent make sure your child knows what to listen and look for when driving.