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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April is National Car Care Month, so make sure to contact us. By having the vehicle inspected now, you will be able to help prevent further issues. If you notice any odd noises or sounds, you will want to call us. By having a slight issue corrected now, you can save time and money in the long run. You will also be able to drive a safer and more reliable vehicle in the long run. Make sure that you follow the recommendation of maintenance for your vehicle. This way you can ensure all the parts and components are working as they should be.
As always, make sure that the tires are properly inspected. They will need to be fully inflated with air. If there are any issues with the tires going low, then you will want to make sure that you bring your vehicle in. This could mean there is a leak somewhere in the tire or rim. Also we can check the tread wear of each tire for you. If you feel the vehicle pulling in one direction or the other, it could be the tread has worn.
The oil should also be changed on a regular basis for your vehicle. This is the best way to help ensure that the engine is working properly and efficiently. If you hear odd noises or sounds, the oil may not be reaching the engine. Running the vehicle with low or poor oil can cause the engine to seize up completely. You will also want to have the oil filter changed every other oil change. Over time this will become clogged with dirt and debris. It will make it harder for the oil to pass through.
Check each light and blinker of your vehicle as well. This will not only help you see, but help others see where you are driving. The blinkers will alert other drivers when you plan on turning. Having lights and blinkers that work will help prevent the chance for an accident to occur.