Essential Car Maintenance for New College Students

Tire Pressure and Treads

There are two important aspects of caring for tires: recognizing and interpreting the signs of low tire pressure and then responding appropriately. Without experience, lights like the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) are low-information and often confusing. Reviewing the effects of seasonal change on tires is also valuable, as every 10 degrees shift in temperature corresponds to a 1 psi shift.[1] Tire treads are easy once the “Penny Trick” is mastered. A few seconds with a coin reveals when to visit Bauer Built for a replacement. “Don’t rely just on your indicator lights to tell you if your tires need air; get in a regular habit to check air pressure when you pull in for a fill-up,” advised Vice President of Sales Jim Mitchell.

Oil and Essential Fluids

Watching out for the check oil light is vital to prevent major damage to the engine when driving on low or no oil. New students shouldn’t hesitate to drop by a car service station when that light comes on.[2] Going with them for a check-up before they leave for school can break down any hesitations or embarrassment about needing professional help. Learning to check the oil level is easy just make sure to do it when the engine is cold and have your vehicle parked on an even surface.

Windshield Wipers and Fluid

Unlike coolant or transmission fluid, checking and replacing windshield wiper fluid is straightforward and easily taught. Understanding the different freezing temperatures of a winter wiper fluid versus a summer fluid helps students make that seasonal change on their own.[3]Worn wipers and suboptimal fluid cause streaks which contribute to dangerous glare.

Lights and Car Battery

Who hasn’t left their lights on overnight and found a dead battery waiting in the driveway? Running through how to jump a car makes the tangle of wires far less intimidating for new solo drivers. Additionally, explaining the importance of a monthly walk-around to check a car’s lights is much less expensive than a surprise ticket or parking lot fender bender. Have a friend help you to check your turn signals and brake lights. When deer and other critters start emerging, it’s paramount lights operate at their best.[4]

As the temperature and leaves begin to fall, every driver needs to review basic maintenance. That review is especially important for teenagers starting a new, independent phase of their life. A quick check-up at your Bauer Built Tire & Service is an excellent way to teach these skills and ensure a vehicle is performing at its best.

Find your local Bauer Built at https://retail.bauerbuilt.com/.

Read more at bauerbuilt.com

[1]https://www.tirebuyer.com/education/tire-inflation-pressure-and-temperature

[2]https://www.cenex.com/about/cenex-information/cenexperts-blog-page/safety-tips/college-vehicle-prep

[3]http://www.carcare.org/car-care-resource/seasons-fall-car-care/

[4]https://www.aarp.org/auto/info-2016/fall-driving-safety-tips.html

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!

Image

Latest

Next generation of security solutions
The Future of Security: Discovering the Next Generation of Security Solutions at ISC West
April 23, 2024

The recently concluded International Security Conference & Exposition West 2024 (ISC West) proved to be an indispensable platform for discovering the next generation of security solutions, providing attendees with invaluable insights into the future of the industry. At a recent episode of MarketScale’s roundtable show Experts Talk, Cathal Walsh, Vice President and Chief Security […]

Read More
Cyber Resilience: To Protect Corporate Assets, Businesses Must Invest in Cybersecurity Training
April 23, 2024

As cyberattacks occur at increasing frequency, cybersecurity has become a cornerstone of corporate security strategies across all sectors. With businesses increasingly reliant on digital infrastructures, the quality of a company’s cybersecurity training is no longer just an operational requirement — it is a strategic asset. The stakes are high, as a breach can lead […]

Read More
Forming Relationships with Industry Insiders Can Quell Sales Cycles and their Length of Time
April 23, 2024

New companies are facing more and more challenges in the security industry as sales cycles are experiencing lengthier times. One of those reasons is due to the complexity of the security industry itself, along with the unique and special business models every new company will come in with. But there is a solution to […]

Read More
Cyber-first approach
From Bollards to Bytes: Why Security Firms Need to Adopt a Cyber-First Approach
April 23, 2024

How can the security industry effectively navigate the shift from traditional physical security measures to adopting a cyber-first approach in its sales and integration strategies? The transition from physical to digital security solutions was a major theme at the International Security Conference & Exposition West 2024 held earlier this month. On a recent episode of […]

Read More