Help ensure the safety of you and your family by following these easy-to-follow safety tips.

The tips below are general guidelines. You should always refer to your owner's manual if there are any questions about how to check these items.

  • Tires

    Tires are one of the most critical safety items to check on your car. They should be inflated to the correct pressure recommended in your owner's manual and be checked for wear and damage. Excessive wear or any damage should always be addressed immediately. The spare tire should be checked for proper inflation and be sure to have the correct jack handy and know how to use it.

  • Lights

    Turn on the lights, walk around your car, and see if they are all working and are equally bright, clean and have no water inside the lens. Get assistance to check the brake and back up lights and don’t forget the turn signals and emergency flashers. Also, be sure to keep spare bulbs and fuses in the car at all times.

  • Windshield Wipers

    Inspect the wiper blades to check for cracks or brittleness. If the wiper blades chatter or leave the windshield smeared, replace the blades.

  • Windshield Washers

    Check the washer operation and the fluid level. A uniform even spray that covers the entire windshield should be present.

  • Exhaust Leaks

    Start the engine and listen for any unusual sounds, particularly those that come from under the car. A leaking exhaust system can let poisonous carbon monoxide gas inside the car.

  • Brakes

    When coming to a stop, notice how the pedal feels and listen for any noises that don’t sound normal. Try this with the windows open and of course check the brake fluid level.

  • Suspension and Steering

    Drive the car and listen for any rattles or a feeling of looseness in the steering. These could be signs of trouble.

  • Air Bags

    Check the instrument panel for an air bag warning light when the engine is running. The light should come on momentarily when the car is started and go out after a few seconds to verify that the system is operational. Always replace a bag that has been deployed.

  • Horn

    Check the horn to make sure it works; you never know when you might need it.

  • Emergency Kit

    Safety items to keep in you trunk include a flashlight, flares, reflective triangles and jumper cables.