Is Your Honda Ready For College?
Heading back to college this fall and bringing your Honda along for the ride? Before packing up and hitting the road, make sure your Honda is ready for the long trip ahead of it. Preparing your vehicle for college is almost as important as preparing yourself! Here are a few tips for getting your Honda ready for college:
Get A Tune Up – When was the last time you had your oil changed? How long has that weird light been on? When was the last time you visited the Freedom Honda Service Center? It is always a great idea to get your car checked out before taking a long road trip and it is just as important to get your car checked out when you are going to be away from your local mechanic for an extended period of time. Schedule a car checkup before leaving for college so that any minor problems can be fixed before they cause a big problem while you’re away from home.
Check The Tires– When was the last time you did the penny test on your tires? If Mr. Lincoln’s head is showing, it is time to replace your tires. Worn and Aged tires can be very dangerous and should be replaced before heading out on a long road trip. Signs of wear include excessive tread wear, wear along the edges and cracks or cuts along the sidewalls. If your tires do not look evenly warn it might be time to rotate them – tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles.
Replace Wiper Blades- When was the last time you replaced your wiper blades? Wiper Blades are one of the most overlooked maintenance aspects of your car because they are not used every day but they can cause big problems when they are not working properly.. Replace your wiper blades before heading off to college and buy an extra set to keep in your car as back up.
Legal Matters- When was the last time you had your car inspected? If your car needs an inspection it is a good idea to get it done before heading off to college. You should also check your state registration and make sure that it is still up to date as well. Getting these matters handled before leaving for college will save you from extra stress throughout the semester.
Notify Auto Insurer- Before leaving for college it is important to notify your insurer so that any necessary changes can be made. Provide your insurer with your college address, the number of miles you will be driving, and where the car will be parked. Providing this information will insure that you have the right insurance plan for your current coverage needs.
Pack A Breakdown Kit- While your cell phone is a great way to get help, there are much more useful things to have around when your car decides to act up. Packing an emergency breakdown kit is an essential for going back to- school packing.. Your break down kit should include things such as: a flashlight, extra belts and hoses, reflective warning triangles, a tire gage, jumper cables, a tow rope, a car cellphone charger, and an ice scraper. Duct tape would also be a great thing to pack because it can fix anything.
Although summer is not quite over, it is important that you get your car ready now so that you can get anything that needs to be fixed, fixed and out of the way before heading off to college. Freedom Honda’s Service Center is always ready to help out and get your car ready for all of the exciting trips ahead of you! Schedule your service appointment today!