Driving Tips for a Safe and Reliable Ride

 

When you own a car, keeping it well maintained is important for the overall condition and longevity of it. There are some driving tips to try and follow to help keep your vehicle in the best condition possible. Regular maintenance should be followed for your vehicle. This can include an alignment, tire rotation, brake inspection, fluid flushes, oil changes, or a bumper to bumper inspection. No matter the task or issue, we can make sure your vehicle is always safe to drive on the road. Between visits, make sure to notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle. This can be anything from odd sounds to odd smells, to even if the vehicle is going through fuel quicker than normal.

 

One important thing to remember is try to keep the fuel tank at least half full. This is not only good incase you need to drive somewhere in the middle of the night when gas stations might be closed, but also it’s good for the performance of the vehicle. If there is less fuel in the vehicle, the fuel pump will start to wear out. This can cause it to need to be replaced much sooner than it otherwise should. Having the tank above half is also good incase you are stuck in traffic, or have to drive a long stretch of interstate without needing to pull off to fill up.

 

Before driving, always check the air pressure in the tires. This will help them to rotate smoother. It can also provide you with better fuel mileage, because the vehicle will not have to work against the tires. If the tire gets low on air often, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

Be Aware of Sudden Issues with your Vehicle

 

When you drive, you may notice an issue with your vehicle, just by the way it steers on the road. There can be several different reasons for the issue, so always make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. When there is an issue with the alignment, you may start to notice the vehicle pulling in one direction or the other. If the steering wheel is straight, but you notice the vehicle drifting in one direction, the alignment will need to be inspected. When the tires are no longer aligned properly, you will first notice it by the steering wheel as you drive. Bring the vehicle in, and we can inspect and align the wheels for you.

 

Also remember to notice any odd sounds the vehicle might make. This can range from grinding to screeching noises that it could make. If there is an odd noise, there could be a severe issue you will wan tot have inspected as soon as possible. The brakes could start to wear down. This will then produce a metal noise. As the brake pads wear and make direct contact to the brake rotors, you will notice the noise. If you hear a clank noise, especially after going over a bump, it may be the shocks or struts of your vehicle.

 

If a belt is starting to slip under the hood, you may notice a high pitch squeal or strong odor of rubber under there. If a belt brakes suddenly, the vehicle will not run properly. Always make sure that you notice any issues, and schedule an appointment with us. We can check the vehicle for the cause of the issue, and repair it as soon as possible for you. This can help you to have a safe and reliable ride this spring.

Noises from the Brakes

 

As you drive, be aware of anytime you hear odd noises or sounds from your vehicle. If you apply the brakes, these noises can mean that something serious is wrong. A screech or squealing noise can indicate that there is metal to metal friction. If the brakes have worn, then the brake pad and rotor are in contact with one another. With miles and age, the brake pads will start to wear down. If the noise is more and more frequent, it can indicate that they have worn down and are in need of a replacement soon.

Grinding Noise

Also be aware of any grinding or noises that sound like a thud. The last thing you will want to have happen is to have the brake system to fail when you need it. Notice what you were doing when you hear the noise from the brakes. You may also notice some issues based on how your vehicle handles when you drive or brake. If the vehicle pulls to one side or the other, there is an issue. This is especially true if it happens when you brake. The brake fluid and lines should be inspected to ensure they are in the best condition possible.

Be Aware of Issues

You can also notice an issue by the brake pedal. If the pedal is too soft or too hard, the brakes could be affected. Pumping the brakes may sometimes be required for them to respond to the pedal. A soft brake pedal will mean the pedal goes nearly to the floor boards when you apply the brakes. This can result in brakes that are no longer as reliable as they otherwise should be. So if you notice an issue, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle and brakes for you.

Check your Vehicle before Towing a Trailer

 

Before you get ready to tow a boat or a camper, you will want to make sure everything is working correctly. In order to make sure that everything will be able to be as efficient and reliable as possible when you need to drive this spring. Keeping the vehicle properly maintained will help to ensure that everything is working correctly. This is important, especially when you need to drive it on longer trips this summer. When you notice any issue that affects your vehicle, always make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

Towing

As you might get ready to start towing or pulling a camper or boat, you will want to inspect the vehicle you are pulling it with. This way you can help improve the reliability of it when you are traveling. The bearings of the vehicle should be checked so they are in proper condition. By have the bearings inspected, you will notice if they are in need of a replacement. This will reduce the chance of the vehicle failing when you are on the road. Any loud screech noise or grinding sound could indicate a bearing is going out.

Electrical Connections

You will also want to inspect the electrical connections of your vehicle. If you back into a snow bank, you could have done damage to the electrical components of the vehicle. These are important because when you tow something, you will want the lights to work on the vehicle. This will help make sure that the lights on the trailer can operate so others can see you on the road. The lights will also need to be checked to so that you can make sure that the blinkers are working. This way drivers around you will see in which direction you plan on turning.

Remember Spring Maintenance for your Vehicle

 

In the spring, there are several things you will want to do for your vehicle. When you inspect your vehicle, there are several things you will want to look over. By doing so, you can help ensure that everything is always working as it should be. If you are not sure when maintenance should be done on the vehicle, make sure to contact us. We can set up a schedule that your vehicle should be brought in for. If you ever notice odd sounds like something grinding, make sure that you schedule an appointment for your car.

Check the Oil and Fluids

During spring maintenance inspections, you will want to make sure that you check the fluid levels of your vehicle. The fluids are important for your vehicle because if there are none, your vehicle will not be able to operate efficiently. If the oil level is low, then you increase the chance of engine damage. This is because the oil is needed to help lubricate the engine and all the moving parts of it. Without oil in the vehicle, the engine will seize and fail completely. By checking the oil on a frequent basis, you can help prevent a more serious problem from happening. If you are not sure when the oil should be changed, make sure to contact us and we will recommend a schedule.

Remember to Check the Battery

You can also check the battery of your vehicle. With age, the battery will start to wear down and lose its charge. If you notice that your vehicle is difficult to start, it could be the battery. Another issue with the battery could be when you start the vehicle, and it shuts off suddenly. Any of these could be a sign of the battery. Bring the vehicle in and we can make sure to check the battery, alternator, and the starter of your vehicle. This way when you drive, you can make sure that your vehicle is safe and reliable while on the road.