What’s that I hear? A bell ringing? This time of year forces many of us back into a routine—for some it’s welcome and others not so much. Regardless of how you feel about the sound of the looming toll of the bell, it’s time to prepare yourself, gathers supplies and soak in the summer moments. And while you’re getting your life ready for the classes and the commute, don’t forget your car.

Whether you’re dropping your kids off for their fist day of school or you’re heading off to your college dorm, here are seven things you can do to get your car back-to-school ready.

Find the perfect filter

We’re not talking about photo filters – although there is no harm in doing that too. Check the owner’s manual and see if your air filters need to be replaced, or consult a professional. And for the most part, if you can’t remember the last time it was changed, it’s probably time.

Don’t let the pressure get to you

Or rather make sure you check your tire pressure. Get out that good ‘ol trusty tire pressure gauge (it’s in the glovebox, remember?) and make sure they’re ready to go. Check the tires when they’re “cold” (AKA before you have driven or at least three hours after you’ve driven) for an accurate read. When properly inflated, your tires will last longer and help improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency as well.

Show up in style

Now that the interior of your car is squeaky clean, it’s time to give the outside of your car some love too. Our array of Toyota Touch cleaning and detailing services will have your ride looking its best when you drop the brood off. Or you can DIY in the driveway or at a car wash.

Shed some light on the situation

Now this may seem like an obvious one but, check your lights! Now that summer is over, and fall is in full swing the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Make sure you’re prepared for the next ten months of school and extracurricular activities by getting those lights working at full capacity. You can request a quote on your Toyota’s headlight here.

Craft your ultimate car survival kit

You never know when you’re going to need a wet wipe, a tissue, a band aid or even a snack. Stock up on those glovebox essentials. While you’re out and about shopping for back-to-school supplies, grab some items for your own custom car survival kit.

Vacuum deep, deep in the seats

Summer means long road trips, frequent trips to the pool and more outings in general. While all of these things are super exciting, they tend to mean that you’re spending more time at the beach than you are cleaning your car. Which, to be honest, is way more fun. Back to school season is a great time to reset, refresh and pressure wash the apple sauce off the rubber mats. However, if you’re too busy shopping for that Instagram-worthy picture day outfit, schedule a Toyota Touch appointment with a Deluxe, Premium or Ultimate detailing service at here at Northwest Toyota. Let us take care of the persistent piles of sand and ice cream stains once and for all. We’ve got some great service specials at the moment.

Keep calm and survive the commute

Commuting to and from the school during rush hour can take what feels like forever. Between the early mornings, long days, other drivers constantly hitting their breaks for no apparent reason and your kids going crazy in the backseat, it can be a lot. To avoid pulling out your own hair, make sure you stock up on DVDs for the rear-seat entertainment system. Throwing on a film to keep the kids quiet on those already hectic mornings, will make life just that much easier.