There are three words expressed this time of year that brings out euphoria and anxiety in adults at the very same moment – Back-to-School! Yes, it’s time to trade in the relaxing lazy summer days for the hustle and bustle of school and frenzied schedules.

It all starts with shopping for school supplies, like notebooks, folders, printer paper and computers. You try and hit all the great deals at various retailers which means multiple trips across town. Next, it’s shopping for school clothes and other essential items and this is just the warm-up to the main event – school!

By the time, you have crossed off everything you need to successfully start the school year there is probably one item you neglected to add to your list – your vehicle. That hustle and bustle will take a lot out of you, but it will also put wear and tear on your vehicle.

From sitting in the drop-off/pick-up line, to the stops and starts, the daily grind will take a toll on any vehicle. Whether you plan to drive your kids to school, or are handing your keys to your young driver, you should have your vehicle properly maintained to avoid any unexpected breakdowns and an immediate halt to your frenzied schedule.

The non-profit Car Care Council reminds drivers to make sure their vehicles are kid-safe and road ready with a five-point checklist:

Tire Discounters can help you get back into the swing of the school year by providing a complete vehicle safety inspection. Just remember to fit your appointment in before the hectic school year begins and the frenzy encompasses you.