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Turn the Lights on When Windshield Wipers are On

Turn the Lights on When Windshield Wipers are On

Turn the lights on for your vehicle when driving, even in the early evening. Even if it is still daylight, having the lights on is beneficial for the safety of everyone. Not only do the lights help you to see, but it will help others to see you as well. When in doubt about having the lights on, it is best to do so. This way you can have the best visibility possible when driving.

 

The headlights will need to be inspected to ensure they are aimed correctly. They should be able to light the road ahead of you. Sometimes you may notice the lights are positioned to either side more than the other. If you cannot see the road properly, there will then be an increase for an accident. It can also increase the chance for an accident for drivers of oncoming traffic because the lights may be pointed at them. While the headlights are inspected, we can also inspect the fog lights and the brights. This will ensure that no matter what you need the lights for, they will be reliable. At the same time, we can check the taillights of the vehicle. If a bulb is out, we can have them replaced quickly.

 

To check the blinkers of the vehicle, make sure to park the vehicle in a safe place away from other traffic. Turn on one of the signals and check both the front and back turn signal. Then go back and flip it to the other blinker. Go back to the front and back of the vehicle to check that side of the turn signal. If you notice one is not working correctly, contact us. We can schedule an appointment for you so we can inspect the blinkers. If a bulb or fuse is out, we can replace it. We can also check to ensure the lenses are clear so the lights can easily be seen, as well as illuminate the road.

Memorial Day Weekend and Having your Car Ready

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, you will want to make sure that your vehicle is as safe and reliable for whatever plans you have. Typically, Memorial Day weekend is one of the heaviest traffic weekends on the road. With heavier traffic, there is an increase in accidents as well. Here are some tips to help keep you and your passengers safe when driving.

 

Never overlook the condition of your tires. They are the only part that will connect the car to the surface of the road. When you think about it, that is about six inches per tire. So a total of 24 inches is what helps provide a smooth and comfortable ride. Make sure that the tires are properly inflated. This information can be found on the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. We can also help provide the proper amount of air inflation for the tires. They should also be inspected to ensure that they tread is wearing evenly. If there is uneven wear, then the tires may need to be aligned or rotated. It is recommended to bring it in so we can inspect the tires properly.

 

Proper visibility will allow adequate vision of the road ahead of you, as well as other vehicles, animals, or objects. The windshield wipers will need to be inspected to ensure that they are in the best condition possible. After winter, they could be damaged because of the ice and snow. So it is always a great idea to have them inspected before summer. With summer, dirt, mud, bugs, and road grime can splash up on the windshield. By having windshield wipers in the best condition, you will be able to remove this to have the best visibility possible. Check the wiper washer reservoir as this will also help to loosen the grime and debris on the windshield. With the best visibility, you can improve your safety when driving.

Adding Life to the Tires with Proper Alignment

We all want our tires to last forever, but we know unfortunately they won’t. Here are some recommendations to help prolong the life of the tires. In order to do so, you will want to make sure that you take proper care of the vehicle. This should include bringing the vehicle in for maintenance based on a recommended schedule. A bumper to bumper inspection is the best way to tell how the parts are wearing. If there is an issue, this can be inspected and repaired during this time. Doing so will allow you to have a safe and efficient vehicle when you drive. Also make sure that you bring the vehicle in anytime you notice an issue with it. This includes anytime you hit something that could cause damage to the vehicle. Correct alignment will allow the tires will wear correctly, and you will notice better fuel efficiency and comfort.

 

The alignments need to be inspected on a regular basis. This can be caused by normal wear, hitting curbs, potholes, or any sort of minor accident that might happen. Even hitting a small pothole can cause the alignment to change. The alignment is important because otherwise you could be damaging the tires and affecting the handling of the vehicle. Alignment checks can reduce extra costs due to wear and tear with the tires. You will also start to notice an increase in the fuel consumption of the vehicle. Tires without proper care will also result in them needing to be replaced sooner as well.

 

Tires that are not working in unison will lead to an increase of wear on them. The longer you go without having the tires and vehicle aligned, the more uneven the wear will become. You will eventually end up paying more in fuel as well. You may also start to feel a vibration in the steering wheel as you drive. Tires that are out of alignment will produce more road noise as well. Along with poor alignment, one of the most noticeable signs will be the vehicle naturally going in one direction and not in a straight line. If you suspect any of these issues, always make sure that you contact us for an appointment. This can keep your vehicle reliable and operating at the best performance on the road.

Checking the Air Conditioner Now

If you have not turned on the air conditioner for your vehicle, now is a great time to do so. Rather than waiting for it to be hot and turning it on, only to find out it does not work, turn it on now. This can quickly determine if your air conditioner will need to be inspected or repaired before the summer heat and temperatures arrive. If you flip the air conditioner on and it blows out warm air, you will want to make sure to contact us. We will be able to inspect the air conditioning system for your vehicle. This will help it to provide cool and comfortable air to the interior of the vehicle this summer.

Cabin Filter

You will also want to remember that the cabin filter should be inspected regularly. Over time and age, the cabin filter will become clogged. This is from all the dirt and pollutants that are in the air. You may notice an issue if the air in the cabin is less than ideal. It may also have an odor or smell to it. This will indicate that it should be changed. If you are not sure how often the filter should normally be changed, we can advise you on that.

 

Always remember preventative maintenance is important. So you will want to follow the recommended schedule to give the vehicle a bumper to bumper inspection. If you notice anything out of the norm with the car, it is always best to bring it in. That way, we can inspect it to help prevent further problems from occurring to it. If you ignore any issue, it will only get worse in the long run and end up costing more. Also maintenance will help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when on the road this summer.

Less Driving means Less spent on Fuel

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Driving less will mean that you are spending less on fuel. This is a result of sheltering at home so you are going to stores less. Since there is less traffic on the roads, you may notice that there is a record low price for gasoline. While you may have extra money, now is a great time to having your vehicle in for a regular maintenance inspection. Checking the vehicle bumper to bumper will help with making sure all the parts and components are working as they should be. It is always recommended to be aware of the vehicle when you drive. This can help prevent further damage.

 

Using the money you save on fuel can go towards the maintenance and care of your vehicle. It will also help to support the local auto repair shops. As hours may change, always make sure to call us for an appointment. We will be able to schedule an appointment to make sure your vehicle is operating safe and reliable. Remember that you will need to follow the oil change schedule so that the engine and moving parts are operating efficiently. Without oil, the engine can seize up and will stop working all together. During this we can check the oil filter as well.

 

As we check the oil and other fluids under the hood, we can also check the belts and hoses. This is important because with time, they can become brittle with age. If they break while you are driving, you will have an unexpected breakdown. If a belt is starting to wear, you may hear an odd loud pitch screech noise as the belt is in motion. A leak in a hose can be determined by a puddle under the vehicle. So always be aware of the area you park in, because you can notice if there is a leak. No matter what issues you may notice, you can always call us for an inspection.