At AAMCO Colorado, we want people to be safe on the road. This means that your vehicle should be in a safe operating condition. If you live in  Colorado, and need a Transmission Service,  Radiator Repair, Brake Repair,  or any other Auto Repair, please contact your local AAMCO Colorado Location to schedule an appointment.

Vehicle Safety Inspection Checklist

AAMCO Safety Check List
Before you head out on the road, you need to make sure that your car is in top condition; thus, you need to perform regular car safety inspection. This inspection is crucial in guaranteeing a safe driving experience. This article lists a few safety inspection tips that any average car owner can perform.

The tips below will help insure that your vehicle is ready for the road. You can check these items in your own garage, but it is still advisable to bring your vehicle to an auto repair shop.

1. Oil

The first item you should check is your vehicle’s engine oil. This is the simplest and most significant task. You have to understand that finding and addressing oil problems before it can damage your engine can save you a lot of money in repair costs. In addition, it also prevents potentially fatal car accidents.

The best time to inspect your engine oil is when the engine is still warm to the touch. To check the oil, follow these steps:

  • Find the dipstick for the engine oil.
  • Pull the dipstick out and clean the residue using a rag.
  • After doing so, place the stick back inside and pull it out again. This time, you must check the end of the stick which you placed inside the engine.
  • You want the oil to reach along the “full” line.
  • If it is below the line, take your car to an auto repair shop because it might be time for an oil change.

In addition, make sure that the oil is clear and fluid. If it looks black and is sticky, take it to a professional mechanic immediately.

2. Transmission Fluid

Your car’s transmission fluid is another item you need to inspect. This is what ensures a smooth ride when your vehicle changes gear. Inspecting this fluid is as simple as checking the oil. All you have to do is look under the hood for the dipstick that is labeled with “transmission”.

Once you located the dipstick for the transmission fluid, you can then repeat the steps as checking the engine oil. Make sure that the transmission fluid is clean with no metal chunks, and it should be smooth. If you find any chunks of metal attached to the stick, promptly take your vehicle to the mechanic.

3. Battery

You wouldn’t want your car’s engine dying on you while you are in the middle of traffic. With that said, having a fully charged battery is very essential. Thankfully, there is an easy way to inspect your car’s battery. To do so, put a voltmeter across the terminal. In addition, you can also perform a visual check of the battery terminals.

The terminals must be clean and free of any corrosion buildup. If you find any signs of corrosion, you must clean them using a steal brush and a can of Coke. With the car turned off, disconnect the battery. After doing so, pour some of the Coke on the terminals and let it sit for a few seconds then start scrubbing using the steal brush. This will help get rid of the corrosion and improve the flow of electricity.

4. Tires

The tires of the vehicle must also be inspected before you take it for a ride. Remember that your tires keep the vehicle on the road; thus, you must insure that they are working accurately. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Get a pressure gauge and check the pressure of each tire.
  • It is advisable to check your owner’s manual to find out the recommended pressure of the tires, but it is usually between 30 and 34 pounds.
  • Make sure that you have a spare tire in your car’s trunk and regularly inspect it as well. The spare tires must also be properly inflated with no damage.

These are just a few car safety inspection tips you need to follow. But aside from checking these items, it is also imperative to bring your vehicle for routine vehicle maintenance to ensure that your car is in top running condition. Lastly, you must also get the right automobile insurance policy for your vehicle so that you and your car will always be protected.

The guest author for this article is Kris Bennette, a writer for websites specializing in car repair and maintenance. She also occasionally writes for Accredited Insurance Group Inc.