Back to School Car Safety Check Up - Beck's Auto Center | Lafayette, IN

Back to School Car Safety Check Up

It won’t be long until our children are heading back to school for another exciting school year. With the summer coming to an end it now is the time to get your vehicle ready for the carpools, sporting events and other extracurricular events.

Key Areas to Inspect

When it comes to your car, van or truck there are a few areas to inspect that will go a long way in insuring your vehicle will operate safely.

Tires …
Tires with insufficient tread or with damaged sidewalls are potentially very dangerous.  Tires that are slick or worn will not stop adequately on wet or slippery pavement and those with bulges or cracks in the sidewalls may lead to disastrous blow outs.

Proper Tire Inflation
Tires also need to be properly inflated.  Underinflated tires create excessive stress on the tire, while over-inflation can cause uneven wear as well as handling and braking issues.

Have your tires checked regularly for both tread depth and proper inflation.  Follow the guidelines in the vehicle owner’s manual or tire placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle door edge to determine the correct tire air pressure for their vehicle.

checking tire tread with a penny

Check Your Tread Depth
Tire tread depth should be more than 2/32 of an inch all around the tire. Drivers can check this using a U.S. penny.  Insert the edge of the coin into the tread with Lincoln going in headfirst.

If the top of Lincoln’s head is covered by tread, that means there is at least a minimum acceptable amount of tread; if the top of his head is visible at any location on the tire, the tire is worn out and it’s time to replace it.

Brakes …
Being able to stop quickly and under control is essential to avoid accidents and injuries to others.  To ensure your brakes are always in top working order, routine inspections and maintenance are required.

When you start hearing a metal chirping sound or higher pitched noises indicating that you have metal-to-metal contact, it is time to service your brakes.  Most manufacturers recommend brake pad replacement if there is 1/8 inch or less of the pad lining remaining.  You should replace the fluid if it appears to be dirty or contaminated.  Most manufacturers suggest that you replace brake fluid every 20,000-25,000 miles.  Rotors should last much longer, but hard braking over the life of the vehicle can lead to premature replacement.

Windshield Wipers …
Worn out windshield wipers prevent you from seeing clearly when driving in inclement weather.  Replacing your wiper blades every 4-6 months is an easy and inexpensive way to make sure you can see the road, and those on it, more easily.

Vehicle Lights …
Inspecting  your vehicle’s lights to ensure they are working properly takes very little time.  Check by walking around your vehicle, as someone in the car operates the brakes, puts the vehicle in reverse, and operates the turn signals.  If you have any non-functioning lights, replace them right away.

Our #1 Chauffeur Duty

Keeping our children safe as we “chauffeur” them to their many activities is our #1 priority.  Staying on top of these key items will reassure you that your vehicle will run smoothly and stop quickly when you need it to.

Make An Appointment and we’ll make sure your car, truck or SUV is ready for the coming school year.


With all the added expenses that come with getting the kids ready for a new school year, the Boys at Becks wanted to extend a special offer to you that will allow you to get twice the value on your next service at Beck’s.  Double Beck Bucks will go a long way in getting your vehicle ready for all those upcoming school related trips.

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