The 20 Minute Safety Inspection for Your Car

A cornering lamp on a 1983 Oldsmobile 98 Regency.
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Drivers are only as safe as the vehicle that they drive in. That is why it is important to do a quick 20 minute routine checkup of your car every six months or so. This will allow you to see what is wrong with the car, what needs fixing and it could potentially save your life.

Here is a look at what is involved in the quick 20 minute safety inspection of your car.

Check the Fluid Levels. You should check the car’s fluids. Turn the car off and take the oil dipstick out and see where the mark is. If it is in between the high and low levels then you should be fine. Other fluids that need to be checked include engine oil, windshield fluid, engine coolant, transmission fluid, break fluid and air conditioner fluid. If you notice any of these are low you should replace the fluids.

Check Engine Coolant Hoses. Do a check of all the coolant hoses and make sure there is no sign of any leaks, tears or damage to them.

Check the Lights, Headlights, Horn. Inspect the car to make sure that all the headlights, taillights and other lights are operating properly. Also check to make sure that the horn works and the turn signals work.

Check the Wiper Blades. Windshield wiper blades will need to be changed every couple of months. They will tear, fray and become duller than normal. Do a quick check to see if they need replacing and replace as needed.

Check the Tires. Walk around the car and check all four tires and make sure that they are in good shape. Check the tread of the tires, if there are any holes or objects wedged in them and if they are properly inflated. Air pressure of the tires can be easily fixed at the nearest gas station while a tire replacement may also be in order.

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