Get Your Car Back-To-School Ready

August 26th, 2016 by

The summer is officially coming to an end and that means it’s time for back-to-school preparations. As any parent knows this means so much more than shopping for new clothes and supplies. It also means getting your vehicle ready for the rigors of carpool season. The new school year brings the return of countless car trips bringing kids to school and transporting them to their various extracurricular activities. With all of the extra people and gear that will be filling up your vehicle in the coming months it is important to make sure that you do what you can to keep the interior as fresh and clean as possible. Below we have four tips to help you get your car back-to-school ready.

1.) Always Room For More – The interior of your vehicle seems overly roomy and spacious until it is filled with kids, backpacks, band instruments, and sports equipment. Therefore, even if you believe that you vehicle has sufficient amount of storage space, there are a few quick and simple ways to add some more. You can use devices such as remote control holders, shower caddies, and over-the-door shoe organizers to gain a bit of extra space without loosing any of the space you already have.

2.) Keeping It Fresh – Team sports mean smelly equipment. Over time, handling carpools filled with stinky sports equipment can leave a lingering odor in your vehicle. We have a couple of solutions for this. One is to keep dryer sheets spread throughout the vehicle. You can also clean out the interior periodically with a few simple time saving and effective tricks such as using a feather duster or keyboard cleaner to quickly clear up any lingering debris and coffee filters to absorb any damp areas.

3.) Go High-Tech – In our tech-savvy society smartphones and apps are used for just about everything, so why not your carpool? You can download calendar organizational apps that will allow you to sync your schedule with the other parents in the carpool so that everyone is always on the same page about who and when is picking up the kids that day. These apps can even come with a location-sharing features that will alert the other members to any delays such as traffic so that they know when you will be arriving.

4.) Always Prepared – You can never be too prepared when transporting kids, which is why you should always make sure to have an emergency kit filled with first-aid supplies, extra food and water, a blanket, flashlight, and even extra pairs of clothes and toiletries so that you can be prepared for all types of “emergencies”.

“Four Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Back-to-School.” Ford Social. N.p., n.d. Web. <https%3A%2F%2Fsocial.ford.com%2Fcontent%2Ffordsocial%2Fen%2Farticles%2Ffocus%2Ffour-ways-to-get-your-car-ready-for-back-to-school-.html>.

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