The worst thing about driving to school is the traffic. Often, there will be other drivers dropping off students (or students driving themselves), as well as students crossing the street and parking lot. To help keep everyone safe, it’s good to have brakes that respond quickly. Have your brakes checked to make sure everything’s in working order.
How long have you had your tires? An underinflated or worn tire can be a hazard in a school parking lot. Not only do worn tires have less traction, increasing stopping distance when you put on the brakes, but underinflated tires are at a higher risk of a blowout. Want to check if your tire tread has good traction at home? Just do the Penny Test; take a penny and place it upside-down in one of your tire’s grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.
Summer is ending, which means days will be getting shorter, so driving to school in the morning will require functioning headlights. Check to make sure all your exterior lights are in working order. Plus, you should also swap those wipers and make sure the wiper fluid reservoirs are full.
It definitely isn’t too late to look at back to school cars, even if school has already started for you. Labor Day weekend is the Black Friday of auto sales, so save your car shopping for that weekend and get a great deal on one of these perfect cars for students!
A favorite for students is the 2016 Chevy Spark. A tiny subcompact car with great fuel economy, parents will be happy for their teen to drive something easy to maneuver and comes with a small sticker price. The Chevy Sonic also tends to pop up on back to school lists thanks to its small size, cool styling, and safety-oriented features like Siri Eyes Free.
Chevy is also integrating “Teen Mode” into some of its cars, so keep an eye out for that. The 2016 Chevy Malibu has Teen Mode, which lets parents use a PIN to give information to parents about how teens are driving as well as muting the sound system until seatbelts are buckled and even lowers the maximum speed the car can go.
If you want to spring for something a little more pricey, the Buick Encore is a fun choice for students. It’s spacious and has plenty of room for your athlete’s gear, but it’s still compact and easy to maneuver. These are just some of the great cars parents and teens can agree on, so if you’re still not sure, ask us more at Bradshaw Automotive!