Okay, it's the season for getting ready - for school, work, and winter and let's face it, if you've got little ones (or not-so-little one's) it is mainly about school and all the paraphernalia that goes with it. It can be expensive, but Caniglia's Shoe and Luggage Repair can help you upgrade new things and fix old ones.
Have a look at Caniglia's Back To School Checklist for ideas that might help sorting your kids' stuff:
- Repair school shoes - If school shoes are getting scuffed or springing leaks, that doesn't necessarily mean new ones are needed. You may only need to tidy up a serviceable pair to add another school year to their lifespan.
- Waterproof Winter Boots
- Repair or improve zipper pulls
- Revive a musical instrument case
- Backpack straps
- Leather jacket repair
Vehicle Checklist for Back-to-School Carpool(Advice from the Car Care Council)
School carpool season is upon us and the non-profit Car Care Council reminds drivers to make sure their vehicles are kid-safe and road ready with a five-point checklist:
- Check lights and wipers for visibility. With shorter days and inclement weather ahead, make sure lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be seen. Check the exterior and interior lights and replace any that are dimming, rapidly blinking or not functioning. Check wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if necessary.
- Get an annual brake inspection. The braking system is your car’s most important safety feature. Before carpool season gets in full swing, make sure that your brakes are functioning properly. Schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs that your vehicle may need brake services, such as an illuminated brake light or screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
- Check tires for under inflation or excessive wear. Check tire pressure and refill underinflated tires, including the spare, and look for uneven wear and check tread depth. An easy way to do the latter is by placing a penny head-down in the tread groove. If the tread does not cover Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires.
- Make sure everyone is buckled up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website has important tips on seat belt fit and position. For the younger ones riding along, the site has information about how to install car seats as well as guidelines on selecting a car seat or booster based on your child’s age and size.
- Consider a back-up detection device. Consider having a back-up detection device installed that provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse. While drivers should not rely solely on these devices, they can help to reduce the risk of backover incidents along with following other prevention tips from NHTSA.
About the Car Care Council: The Car Care Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating motorists about the importance of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair through its “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign.
“Back-to-school time is hectic for most families, but scheduling a complete vehicle inspection is time well spent,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Knowing your vehicle was checked by a professional technician will give you peace of mind and make all those trips to school and activities safer and less stressful.”