Make Sure Your Student Is Ready For Back-to-School Driving
Nobody wants to hear it, but summer is coming to an end. It’s time for back-to-school shopping so break out the checklist. New pens. New pencils. New notebooks. New shoes. New tires. We all know schools offer their checklist of requirements for students. But at Jack Williams Tire, we have our own checklist for student-drivers, parents and – well – anyone who is going to be on the road as school gets back into session. “Back-to-school time is a great time for families to double-check their cars. Whether you’re responsible for the school carpool or you’re putting your student behind the wheel, we want to make sure you’re ready for a safe schoolyear on the road,” says Brendan McCormick at Jack Williams Tire. Is It Time For New Shoes? “One of my favorite parts about back-to-school shopping as a kid was getting those fresh new school shoes,” says Jason Williams. “The summer shoes had taken a beating during summer break and were worn out.” The same goes for your car! After summer road trips – or maybe just simple procrastination – it might be time for your car to get some new shoes. It’s important to check your tire tread depth and there’s a simple way to do it – the penny test. Simply put a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If your tire tread hides the head of our 16th president, then your tread is good. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to go shoe (tire) shopping! Want an even easier way to check your tire tread? Let Jack Williams Tire do it! At Jack Williams Tire, we’re known for outstanding tire service and selection. And while we have the biggest tire inventory in the region, we’re your one-stop shop for complete car care service. Every time you bring your car into one of our 36 locations we conduct a multi-point safety inspection. So, if you come in for an oil change, we’ll make sure to check your tire tread – and we have gear more precise than that penny trick to do it! Your Back-To-School Car Checklist Wipers: Just like you want to make sure your student can see the board, we want to make sure you can see the road! This means ensuring your windshield wipers are road ready. Windshield wipers should be changed every six months to a year – or as soon as you notice that they aren’t making the grade. If you’re wipers are squeaking, skipping, smearing or streaking, it’s time to replace them. Headlights: When it comes to headlights most drivers only make a change when things go dark – meaning the light just goes out. If you’re noticing that your lights are dimming or they are looking foggy, it’s time to have them checked. This is especially more important as the fall and winter approach and you’ll be on the road more when it’s darker out. Brakes: When it comes to brakes, if you’re listening for a squeak or screech then you’ve waited too long. In general, brake pads need to be replaced between 25,000-50,000 miles depending on your vehicle, type of brakes and how you drive. Of course, with all the rain we’ve had lately your brakes could have a thin layer of rust which is why they may be making some noise. If you have a doubt, let us help. Jack Williams Tire will check them, the right way! Battery: If you’re engine is slow to crank or your check engine light is playing hide-and-seek (comes on some times and then goes out), it might be time for a new battery. Ensure you and every driver in your family doesn’t need to depend on jumper cables this school year by having your battery checked and possibly replaced. “You’ve got people depending on you this school year and we want to help ensure your car is ready. Our team members will be sharing the road – taking their kids to school, heading to practice or plays, and heading off to campus – so stop by and let us help with a back-to-school car safety check,” says Jason Williams.