(El Paso, TX) - Get a jump start on fall travel preparations and protect your automobile from theft with a FREE Car Care Clinic and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching from AAA Texas. The event will take place on Saturday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the AAA Texas branch located at 5867 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX.
In recognition of Car Care Awareness Month in October, AAA Texas automotive technicians will conduct a free 38-point visual vehicle maintenance inspection that includes review of:
• Tire Pressure
• Tire Tread
• Engine Air Filter
• Battery/Battery Cables/Clamps/Terminals
• Windshield Washer Fluid/Wiper Blades
• Engine Fluids
• Antifreeze/Coolant Protection
• Belts and Hoses
Following the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule found in the owner’s manual is the best way to keep a vehicle running properly and avoid costly repairs. Each visual maintenance inspection takes about ten minutes and inspections will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In addition, the El Paso Police Department will provide free VIN etching to attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. Since car thieves frequently steal vehicles to sell off the automobile’s parts, a window that is VIN etched makes a vehicle less profitable for thieves and helps law enforcement recover stolen vehicles. To be eligible for VIN etching, vehicle owners should bring their current insurance information.
AAA Texas will also offer a free CarFit clinic. El Paso area seniors can follow the lead of more than 30,000 older drivers from around the country who've participated in CarFit, a safety program that runs vehicle owners and their cars through a 12-point checklist to assess the fit of a driver's car for safety settings. CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.
For parents with younger passengers, AAA Texas will also offer a free Child Passenger Safety Seat check. In today's highly mobile society, children travel more than ever. Sadly, this mobility comes at a staggering price. In 2013, more than 1,149 children died and over 127,000 were injured in car crashes - enough to rank motor vehicle crashes as a leading cause of death for children in the U.S. Tragically, many of these deaths could have been prevented. Research shows that seat belts and safety seats - when properly used - are the most effective tools in preventing injuries and deaths in vehicle crashes.
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 55 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA Texas can be visited on the internet at www.AAA.com.