Clearing the Windshield should be a Priority

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One of the most important things you can do is to make sure you are clearing the windshield and other windows before you drive. This will improve the visibility in front of you. Clearing the windows will also help you to be aware and see those around you. If a window has snow or frost build up, you will not be able to see if someone is beside you. This can lead to an accident if you need to switch lanes or turn quickly. If your vehicle has a rear windshield wiper, you will also want to make sure it is loose so it can operate.

The washer fluid should also be checked. This is beneficial if you need to clear any smudge marks or slush off the windshield. It is always recommended to have extra washer fluid in the back of your vehicle or trunk. This way, you can refill the reservoir if you run out at an inconvenient time. When you check the washer fluid, take a few extra minutes to check all the fluids. You can even check the oil to make sure it is in the proper condition, as well as amount. If you do notice a fluid is decreasing or leaking faster than others, contact us. We can inspect the fluids and see what the issue is.

As you get ready to drive, get up a little early so you allow yourself time to scrape the windows. You can start the vehicle and allow the defrost to warm the windshield from the inside. It will also help the interior of your vehicle to be warm as well. While the vehicle warms up, you can scrape each window. By the time you are done, the vehicle will be warmed up. Warming up the vehicle also helps for the oil to warm up as well.

 

Slow Down when Driving in Snow

 

Keeping you and your passengers safe should be a priority, no matter the season. You will want to make sure your vehicle is always properly maintained. Keeping everything up to date on maintenance will allow your vehicle to operate at the best performance level it can. If there is anything out of the ordinary with your vehicle, always make sure you schedule an appointment so we can check it for you. If you ignore a problem, it will only get worse. This will end up decreasing your safety in the long run as well.

When roads are less than ideal, you will want to remember to slow down. Only drive at a speed you feel comfortable with. If you are going too fast, you will not be able to maintain control of the vehicle. This will result in you going in the ditch, or having an accident. Make sure that if you are going at a very low speed, you have the hazard lights on. This helps others to be aware that you are going much slower. It will also help to prevent them having to slam on the brakes when they get behind you.

In ideal conditions, leaving three seconds or car spaces between you and the vehicle in front of you is typical. If the weather is poor, or the roads are slick, this should be doubled or tripled. Doing so will help to decrease the chances of an accident when you are driving. You will also have enough time to react in case the vehicle in front slams on the brakes. Having the proper amount of time and space can prevent an accident. If you are not sure what the road conditions are, it is always best to play it safe. Drive slightly slower, until you know for sure what the roads are like.

Issues with the Tires

 

The tires of your vehicle should be inspected on a regular basis. This will help you to be aware of any issues they might start to have when you drive. By following the regular maintenance schedule, you can help to ensure that the tires are able to be in the best condition. You will need to check that they are properly inflated to the correct air pressure. Tires that are too low will have a greater chance of blowing out when you are driving. You may also notice if the tires are over inflated. This can cause an issue because they can pick up sharp objects on the road.

 

As the tires age, they will start to show signs of wear and tear. This can be based on how many miles and how often you drive too. The type of road you drive on can also affect the tires of your vehicle. If you travel on gravel roads, the tires will rotate on a rougher surface. Be aware of any roads with potholes or damage, as these can also affect the tires of your vehicle.

 

You will also want to rotate the tires when it is recommended. Rotations can help the tires wear evenly. It can also help them to last as long as possible. If a tire is wearing down on one side, and you rotate it, then you can balance out the wear for it. If you are not sure how often this should be done, we can advise you on a schedule. Having tires that are not worn and have proper tread will help you handle the winter roads better as well. Since roads are slick in the winter, you will want to check the weather before you leave. This can help you prepare for what the weather and road conditions may be.

Proper Winter Driving is Important

 

You will want to make sure you are ready for the winter weather and months for driving. Snowy and icy roads can make it difficult to drive on. Usually your steering and turning capabilities will be the most impacted. This is because the tires will not be able to grip the surface of the road when you drive as well as they should. By having your vehicle brought in for regular maintenance inspections, you can help to ensure that the parts are in operable condition.

 

Before the difficult driving conditions happen, now is the perfect time to inspect the tires of your vehicle. One of the most important parts of the tire should be tire tread wear. Take a penny and place it upside down in the tread of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is lower than it should be. If you can not even see the tread grooves, then your tires are becoming more dangerous to drive on. The icy and slick roads can be a hazard in the winter and you need to turn or slam on the brakes suddenly.

 

Also make sure that you scrape the windshield entirely before you drive. This will help improve the visibility when you drive. If you do not clear it, then you may not see objects on the road, or other vehicles as well. Each side window should be scraped as well. This way you can ensure you have the best visibility possible. There are several different ice scrappers you can choose from. Some with longer handles may be better, because it can help you reach the high parts of the windshield for trucks and SUV’s. They also usually have a brush at the other end so you can remove snow from your vehicle as well.

Battery Checks are Important

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When winter comes, now is the perfect time to double check your battery. The cold temperatures will have a greater risk at the battery than other times of year. The colder temperatures can drain the battery quickly. There are a few different parts that can affect how your vehicle starts. This can include the battery, starter, or alternator. The best way to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter, is to have it properly inspected. Regular maintenance will help keep all the parts working in the best condition for you.

Battery Going Dead

If the battery starts to go dead, the cold weather will take its toll on how the battery works for your vehicle. When there is an issue with how the vehicle starts, it is always best to inspect the battery first. Make sure that all the terminals are clean and free of any debris or damage. If the terminals have an issue, then the charge will not pass through the battery properly. Terminals that have corrosion or rust will have a decreased chance of being efficient for your vehicle.

 

Also remember to start your vehicle and let it run for awhile. Doing so will help to ensure that the battery is able to be charged up to the best of its ability. It will also warm up the oil and fluids in your vehicle. If you start your vehicle and immediately drive, the battery may die suddenly. You will also want to make sure you drive long enough where the battery can charge itself back up. Making frequent short stop and go trips can cause the battery to drain. This is because it does not have enough time to run. If you notice any issue with the vehicle and how it starts, make sure to contact us and we can inspect it for you.