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It’s time for school and to make sure your car is ready for your son or daughter! Here are a handful of ways to make sure their car is ready and safe to drive.

First, refill fuel at the right time. All cars made after the 90’s have gas-powered electric pumps that cool and lubricate engine components, and when you run on empty, the fumes may actually damage engine components. That’s also why it’s important to change your oil on time. Timely oil changes are necessary to maintain the moving components in your car. For some vehicles, it should be changed every 5,000 miles or 6 months. However, for others, it should be changed every 3,000 miles or 3 months. If you don’t change the oil in a timely fashion, the repair work can be expensive!

Also, make sure the headlights, taillights, and brake lights are all working. To avoid unnecessary dangers while driving, all lights should be functioning. In addition, make sure your son or daughter pays attention to dashboard warning lights and knows what to do. Those warning lights can vary from not very important to extremely important, so ensuring your son or daughter knows the difference should be a high priority.

Lastly, make sure all the tires are in good condition with the correct amount of tread and inflated to the proper pressure specifications. Heat is your tire’s worst enemy. The hotter a tire gets, the more likely the tire is to blowout.

Our entire team at First Tire & Automotive is available and happy to help you and your son or daughter make sure their car is safe and ready to go back to school! Stop by any one of our four convenient locations (First Colony, Greatwood, Eldridge, and Cinco Ranch) or visit us at