Getting your Car Ready for Carpooling

August 20th, 2014 by

Whether you are a student or a parent, transitioning from the laid back summer rhythm to a busier school season can be challenging. Now is an opportune time to conduct a car maintenance check before the school season is in full swing. Here’s a list of useful tips to help you get your car ready for the ups and downs of the busy school season.

Got Junk In your Trunk?

Going back to school comes with a lot of car pools, practices and school functions. Chances are your car will carry more cargo and more passengers on a regular basis. To maximize space, clear out unnecessary items from your car. Not only does this create more space, It also reduces the weight of your car thus improve your gas mileage.

A Clean Car is a Happy Car

Keeping your car clean is part of carpooling etiquette. Shampooing and vacuuming the inside of your car and giving the exterior a good wash will do your car a lot of good. The accumulation of dirt and debris under your car’s body leads to the rusting of your car parts. Dirt buildup adds excess weight to your car, which can impact your gas mileage poorly. Washing and waxing your car regularly will keep your car looking new and smelling fresh.

Safety Comes First

Accidents happen. Whether dealing with fatal or minor injuries, having a first aid kit is always a plus. Here’s a list of the top 5 things you should always carry in your first aid kit:

  • Pain Management Items
  • Antiseptics and Disinfectants
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Medical Tape
  • Scissors

Get Defensive with your Driving

Defensive driving is not about driving aggressively and getting back at the other driver for cutting you off. Defensive driving is about practicing preventative driving techniques that will keep you safe on busy roads. Keep your passengers safe by driving with caution and keeping the speed limit. Also, wear your seatbelt and encourage your passengers to do the same. Wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk of fatal injury by about 45%.

Give your Car Some TLC

Preventative car maintenance is the best way to prevent your car from letting you down in the middle of the highway. The last thing you want is car problems getting in the way of you getting to practice or to work on time. Be sure to get your fluids checked; mainly your car’s engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid and brake fluid. Also, get your tire pressure inspected to ensure a smooth ride for everyone.

Keep your Honda ready for the road for the rest of the school year by bringing it to Braman Honda for a maintenance checkup. Instead of doing it yourself, let the experts handle it. Whether you drive a truck, a van or an SUV, our factory trained service staff will get your Honda ready for the road. Visit us at 5200 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres, FL 33463 or give us a call at (561) 966-5160 to schedule a service appointment.





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