Winter and Proper Visibility

 

During the winter months, you will want to make sure that you are still able to see the best you can. You will want to get your vehicle prepared now, so that when winter does hit, you are ready. One of the most important things to do is keep your vehicle up to date on regular maintenance. This will help you to be aware anytime something might be starting to fail or will need to be replaced. Also make sure to contact us with any sign or issue that you may start to notice. This will help to have it repaired quickly while also being cost efficient.

 

Make sure that the windshield wipers are in the best condition. Ideally, you will want to change them before winter. Having new windshield wipers will help to clear away the windshield and keep it clean. When your visibility is clear, you will be able to see others, as well as anything that might be in the road. The wipers should be free of leaving streak or smear marks on the windshield. If you notice that they chatter or are not operating correctly, it is time to have a new set put on. Also remember to check the rear windshield wiper if your vehicle has one. Sometimes they will become old and brittle, from lack of use.

 

Also you will want to check the windshield. If there is a chip or crack on the windshield, you will want to have it fixed as soon as you can. If the damage is ignored, it will grow into a larger crack that will cause poor visibility when you drive. It will impair your visibility so you cannot see any object or issue that might be on the road when you drive. Having good windshield wipers and having the windshield damage free will help your visibility this winter.

Frost should be Scraped from all Windows

 

Ice, frost, snow, and other debris should always be properly removed from your vehicle. Before you drive on the road, you will want to make sure that your visibility is clear. This way, you will be able to see those in front of you, as well as all around you. If you do not fully clear the windows, you run the risk of having an accident occur when you drive. Make sure that you scrape the windshield, side windows, and the rear windshield of your vehicle.

 

When you get up in the morning and it is cold, more than likely there will be frost on the windshield of your vehicle. While you might be tempted to use the windshield wipers, you should not. This can cause faster wear and tear on them as they are operating. It will cause the rubber portion to tear and rip as it goes over anything more than the windshield. You should clear the entire window and even the side mirrors. Doing so will also help you to be aware when you back up.

 

You can speed up the process of scraping the windows of your vehicle. Turn the vehicle on and run defrost from the furnace. This will not only warm up your vehicle, but it will also help to defrost the windshield and the other windows as well. When they start to warm up, you will notice it is easier to scrape them clear. This can be especially important once ice and snow starts to become common during the window. Scraping ice can be difficult, but with defrost, it will help make it easier. Plus once you are done clearing the windows, you will get into a warm and comfortable vehicle for your drive to your destination. Remember to clear off any snow from the hood and trunk of the vehicle too before you drive.

Pressure in the Tires and How much Air is Needed

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The air pressure of each tire should be inspected on a regular basis. If you are not sure of the air amount, you can contact us. You can also find it in the owner’s manual of the vehicle. One of the quickest spots to find the proper air pressure is inside the driver’s doorjamb. This can tell you how much air the front tires should have, as well as the rear tires. By going off of the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation, you will notice how it helps keep your vehicle comfortable. There can be issues if you do not have the correct amount of air pressure in the vehicle.

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Tires that are under inflated are more likely to blow out when you are driving on the road. This can lead to a sudden emergency and you may overcorrect or roll your vehicle as you steer it. Make sure the tires are not over inflated either. This can cause them to pick up sharp objects or metal that might be on the road. Either it can be stuck in the tire, or it would cause the tire to blow immediately. Make sure that the tires are at the recommended amount to avoid both situations.

 

Also remember that regular maintenance inspections are important for the vehicle. If you notice any issues or problems with them, you will want to schedule an appointment right away. Anything out of the norm should be fixed before any further problems could occur. If you are not sure if there is an issue, always make sure to contact us, and we can inspect it for you. Any odd smells, sights, or how the vehicle handles should be taken seriously. Doing so can help to keep you safe on the road for you and those around you as you drive.

Detailing a Car and the Benefits

 

Detailing or cleaning a vehicle has several benefits that will help it in the long run. If the vehicle is dirty, then it can decrease the longevity and appearance of it. The exterior of the vehicle should be cleaned and washed on a regular basis. This helps to protect the condition that the paint is in. You will keep the vehicle looking like new with each car wash. Besides the exterior, you will want to clean and have detailing done for the interior of the vehicle. This way the interior is just as clean as the exterior. Make sure to have the windshield and side windows cleaned and washed as well.

 

Make sure that you clean the interior of your vehicle regularly. In the fall is a great time to do so, that way it is clean before winter arrives. Through the summer mud, dirt, and small rocks or gravel can be brought into the vehicle from shoes. This can eventually get all over the vehicle. Take the time to vacuum and clean out the car so that it continues to stay clean. Cleaning the interior will also help reduce any unpleasant odors that might be in it. If something spills or stains the interior of the vehicle, it should be cleaned up as soon as possible. Spilling food can especially lead to unpleasant odors and smells.

 

Besides cleaning, you will want to make sure to remove any extra things from your vehicle that you do not need. By hauling extra things in your vehicle, you can only add extra strain and stress to it as well. Extra weight will do damage to the shocks and struts of the vehicle. This can lead to further repair bills that happen more often. Make sure to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance as well. If you are not sure when this should happen, make sure to contact us so we can set up a schedule for you.

Proper Testing of the Battery is Important for your Vehicle

 

When testing the battery for your vehicle, you will want to make sure that everything is working correctly and efficiently for it. If the battery is starting to wear out, you will want to get a new one as soon as possible. This way you can help to ensure that the vehicle is reliable for when you need to drive it. If the battery is not working correctly, then the vehicle will not always start when you need it to. The battery can be inspected and tested when you bring it in for regular maintenance.

 

There can be several signs of the battery starting to fail. They can vary between extremely noticeable things all the way to subtle issues. If the vehicle has a slow start, the battery could be to blame. It could also be the starter or alternator that can affect the efficiency of how the vehicle starts. Take a look at the condition of the battery for your vehicle. If you notice that the terminals are corroded or have rust on them, make sure that they are properly cleaned off. This will also help with the connectivity of the battery as well.

 

When the lights start to get dim and then bright again, it could be the batter losing power. To help make sure you get home safely, it is best to turn off all the electronics that you do not need on at the time. This should include the radio, if your phone is plugged in, and your GPS if you no longer need it. By reducing the amount of electronics being used, you can help the battery. Sometimes the battery may need to be tested and charged. This will help you to be aware of how much longer it can run without needing a new one.