It’s just about back to school time, and that means for parents and teenage drivers, it’s important to stay on top of vehicle safety. Below is a basic safety checklist every driver should go over at least a couple of times a year, and heading back to school, whether you will be chauffeuring children to and from school, to soccer practice, or other afterschool events or your teenage son or daughter will be taking the car every once in a while, it’s important to make sure everything is working properly.
Have the brakes inspected.
Bring your BMW into an authorized service center to have the brakes properly inspected. Just knowing that your car is coming to a stop doesn’t mean the brakes are in good condition. The pads could be completely worn down, the antilock braking system might not be functioning properly, or a taillight might be out.
Check the tires.
It’s a good idea to check tire pressure and if any of the tires are underinflated, fill them up. This includes checking the spare tire. You should also check the tread to make sure there is plenty for rainy and, in a couple of months, snowy conditions.
Check all seatbelts.
Buckling up is one of the easiest ways to keep people safe when out on the roads, but if any seatbelt is not functioning properly, or if some of those belts in the back seats are hidden, kids might not be inclined to take them out. Make sure they are all visible, work properly, and secure as they should.
Check all lights and wipers.
The wiper blades, if they haven’t been replaced since the beginning of summer or beyond that, should be replaced now. Also turn on all lights, including high beams, and check to make sure they are all working properly. If any bulbs are out, including turn signal indicators, replace them as needed.
Make sure there is an emergency kit in each vehicle.
This should include flares, jumper cables, a flashlight with batteries, drinking water, and a blanket to stay warm. Now is the time to make sure your BMW is ready for the fall season.