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.

Getting your Car Ready for Winter

 

With winter approaching, now is the perfect time to have your vehicle inspected for the upcoming months of driving. The most important thing is that your vehicle is in proper working condition. This will help to make it efficient when driving. You will also want to make sure that the vehicle does not leak any fluids. If there is a leak, then it can end up costing you more money in the long run.

 

Having the fluids flushed will help to improve the efficiency of the engine and other parts as well. A flush will remove the entire specific fluid, like the oil, and then replace it with clean fluid. This will run through the engine more effectively as well. If you are not sure how often this should be done, we can recommend a schedule. Sometimes a fluid flush may be needed more often, so it is always best to contact us.

 

You will also want to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter weather, like ice and snow. Make sure that there is a scrapper in your vehicle. This can be used for scrapping any ice or any snow from your vehicle. You will need to have the best visibility possible, so you will want to clear the windshield completely. You will want to make sure that the side windows, rear window, and even the side mirrors are clear as well.

 

In the winter, you will want to have a winter survival kit. This will help incase you go in the ditch or have car trouble when on the winter roads. You will want to have no perishable food, bottle water, flares, blankets, and a few other things. Make sure this is easily accessible like in the back seat. This will help you have easy access if you might need it.

Fall Tire Inspections

 

The tires should always be in the best condition possible for your vehicle. They will have the only contact with the surface of the road when you travel. If you notice that the vehicle handles poorly, then the tires might be the issue when you travel. The vehicle may start to pull to a side. If you encounter a vehicle that will counter act the direction you steer, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. The tires will need to have a full inspection done, and on each one. This way you can help to ensure you are ready for the upcoming winter.

Tire Rotation

Proper rotation can also be beneficial for your vehicle. This will allow the tires to wear evenly, all the way around. If the tread is wearing unevenly, then you may notice that a rotation may be needed for your tires of the vehicle. If you ignore this, the tread will only wear down further and be less able to handle the road. Another way to notice low tread is if the tires and the vehicle slide on the road. When the tires are rotated, if the tread is wearing down on one side, then it is switched to a side where the larger amount of tread can be utilized.

Inspections

You will also want the tires to be inspected for any source of damage or issues. This can include puncture marks or cracks in the tire. Anything that indicates poor, damaged tires should be repaired as soon as possible. We can also inspect the inflation of the tires to ensure they are at the proper amount for air. If the air is too low or the tire is over inflated, they can blow out. This can lead to an unexpected breakdown and costly repair bill. So make sure you bring your vehicle in this fall so we can do a complete bumper to bumper inspection for it.

What to do for your Vehicle in the Fall

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Fall is a nice time to inspect your vehicle to make sure all the parts and components are working as they should be. If you notice an issue, you will want to make sure that you contact us. We will inspect the vehicle and solve the source of the problem so it is repaired and reliable again. There are also certain things to check with your vehicle. You will want to make sure that the oil is at the correct amount in the reservoir, and that it is clean. If you cannot remember the last time the oil was changed, chances are it should be done again.

Fall Oil Changes

The oil in your vehicle lubricates the engine. Based on how many miles you drive, and the model of the vehicle, we can determine when the oil should be changed for it. This will help keep it in the best condition and moving smoothly through the engine. If the oil is old, it will become almost like sludge. The oil will no longer be efficient and do what it was designed to do.

Check Under the Hood

You will also want to check the fluid levels in your vehicle to ensure they are at the correct amount. Fluids that are too low can cause issues to various parts and components of the vehicle when you will need to drive. If you notice an issue with your brakes, the brake fluid could be low. Sometimes these fluids can leak or get low quickly. If you notice a leak you will want to have it repaired as soon as you can.

Remember the Lights

Also remember to check all the lights on your vehicle. These are important because the help your visibility, while also helping others to be aware of you. If your lights are not on, others may not see where you are driving, and it can result in an accident. Also remember to check the turn signals and hazard lights, this will allow people to know which direction you are turning.