The winter can bring unpredictable weather and driving conditions. You will want to adjust how you drive when snow and ice start to accumulate on the roads. When it builds up, it can start to make the roads slick and difficult to drive on. Make sure to be aware of others on the road. Knowing where they are can help you to avoid an accident because you will be aware of vehicles around you. If you need to swerve suddenly, knowing where those beside you are is helpful. This way you will not sideswipe or hit them. Also remember to leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This should be doubled from what you would typically drive.
Make sure to clear off the windshield before you drive. You will want to make sure that the windshield wipers are free of the windshield and able to operate efficiently. Doing so can help ensure that your visibility is the best that it can be. If it is snowing, or sleeting, you will want to make sure the windshield wipers are turned on. Also make sure that the lights on your vehicle are on as well. This will help people see where you are on the road as well. If you are going slower than normal, make sure that you turn on your hazard lights. This alerts other drivers that you are driving at a slower speed and that gives them time to adjust.
Anytime there is a buildup of snow or ice on your vehicle, pull over where it is safe to do so and remove the snow and ice. If you do not, it can start to build up further and freeze to your vehicle. Sometimes making it impossible for the windshield wipers to operate. Remember to clear off the headlights and taillights so you are visible to those around you. If you notice that a light is dim, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.
You may notice the dashboard warning lights coming on at one point or another. These can most often be seen when you go to start your vehicle. Some of these lights will turn on just briefly, and then go off after a few seconds when you start your car. If a warning light comes on and stays on for a length of time, this is the best reason to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. If the light starts to blink, this can indicate a much more serious issue with the vehicle. When it is safe to do so, you will want to pull over and out of the way of any traffic. Turn your vehicle off so if there is a problem, it is not doing further damage to your vehicle.
If the oil pressure warning light comes on, it will mean an issue with the oil. When the light stays on, it can determine that there is a loss of pressure for the oil. You will want to check the oil for the vehicle. This includes the oil pressure, level amount, and how clean the oil is. Make sure to follow the recommended oil change schedule for the vehicle. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us. You can also find the oil change schedule in the vehicle owner’s manual. Following this will help to ensure fresh clean oil is able to lubricate the engine of your vehicle.
You may also have another light on the dashboard that is the change engine oil light. This will help determine when the oil will need to be changed. The light can get the reading by the interval of the mileage on the vehicle. When the light comes on, then you know it is time to have the oil changed.
Owning a vehicle can be a large investment, so you will want to make sure that you bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. When the vehicle is maintained by the proper schedule, you can help improve the efficiency and performance of it. Various parts of the vehicle will require certain tasks for it. The oil should be changed based on how many miles you drive it. The more miles you put on, the more often the oil will need to be changed. Having regular oil changes will help to keep the engine operating smoothly. The oil will lubricate the engine. This prevents wear and tear against the other parts as well.
Another thing to watch for is the fuel mileage. Poor fuel mileage can mean that the vehicle might be wasting or leaking gas. This will only get worse over time, so make sure to schedule an appointment. Another sign of poor fuel mileage could be if the tires are not aligned or balanced properly. When the vehicle has to work harder to drive, it takes more fuel to do so. Anything that is not working as efficiently as it should be will have increased the chance of poor fuel mileage. If you notice that the fuel mileage has become worse, make sure that you schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.
Check the Brakes
The brakes are another part that should be inspected for proper effectiveness. They will slow down the vehicle and stop it when you need it to. If there is an issue with the brakes, it can compromise the safety of your vehicle. If you hear any grinding noises when you apply the brakes, it could be a sign that they are starting to wear out. Also be aware if they grab or pull in one direction or the other.
Before any long trip you take, you will want to have the tires inspected. This will help ensure the tires will be in the best condition when you drive. We can inspect each tire to ensure the air pressure is correct. The tread will also be inspected for the tires. It is also important to check the overall condition of each tire as well. If there is any damage, you will want to have it fixed and repaired before any long trips. Also be aware for any issue or anything out of the norm with your vehicle. This can result in further damage to the tires if it is not inspected. It will also have the chance of your tire blowing when you least expect it.
In the winter, you will want the tires to have the right amount of tread on them. The tread will help you to keep and maintain control of the vehicle on slick or icy roads. When the tread is low, you may notice the vehicle sliding or pulling in one direction. Even if one tire has the right amount of tread, it will not necessarily mean the other tires do as well. You can take a penny and place it upside down in the tread groove. Check to see if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head. If you can, then the tread is too low.
Also remember to check the spare tire of your car. You will need to use it when one of the regular tires goes out or is damaged. Remember if you drive on a spare tire, you will need to go at a slower speed. This is because the spare tire is smaller, so it cannot rotate as fast as the regular tires do. If you are not sure if the spare tire is in great condition, we can inspect it for you.
During the winter, the weather can sometimes be unpredictable. You will want to make sure that you are prepared for anything that might occur when you travel. Weather can be anything from freezing rain to snow. You will want to make sure that you and your vehicle are equipped to deal with whatever weather condition. You will want to make sure that the windshield wipers are in the best condition possible. There should not be any chips, tears, or rips on the rubber of the wipers. If the wipers have these, then there is a chance that it will not clean the windshield as effectively as it should. When there is an issue, make sure the wipers are replaced as soon as possible.
Clear off all the windows
You will want your vehicle to be cleared off of any snow or ice as well. Doing so will help to improve the visibility when you drive. The windshield should be fully cleared off so you can see everything around you. Scraping only a spot on the drivers side will not allow you to be aware of everything on the road. Always make sure to scrape the side windows of your vehicle as well. The rear window will also need to be scraped clear as well. Even know it is behind you, you will need to know of traffic around you.
Warm up your car
If you start the vehicle before you start scraping windows, the defrost heat will help to warm up the windshield. It will help loosen up any thick ice that may have formed on the windshield or windows. The defrost running can also help to warm up the interior of your vehicle as well. This can make for a more warm and comfortable ride for you and your passengers when you drive.
When you drive in the winter, the weather will play a part in how you drive. If it snows evenly lightly, you may notice poor braking and control of your vehicle. When you drive, keeping a distance of three seconds is what is recommended. When the weather or roads are less than ideal, you will want to double or triple your distance. This will allow you enough time to react incase there is an accident. If you notice your vehicle starting to slide you should slow down. This will help prevent you losing complete control of the vehicle. Also remember if you are on ice, slamming on the brakes can make things worse.
Driving at a speed you can control the vehicle is also important. If you drive too fast for what you can handle, you will risk going in the ditch. You will want to make sure that you can see properly as well when you drive. With the best visibility, you can see other drivers, and where they are compared to you. You will also want to make sure you keep an eye out for snow plows or semis. This is because sometimes when they pass you, snow can blow up and impair your visibility. When a whiteout occurs, you will want to slow down, but still drive at a pace where you are not rear-ended.
When you clear off your vehicle before you drive, always remember to clear the hood and the roof of the vehicle as well. This way you will not have snow blowing off and impairing the visibility of other drivers on the road. Remember to scrape the windows and the rear windshield as well. This will allow you to see all around your vehicle when you drive.
The vehicle should be inspected and properly maintained. Following the recommended maintenance schedule is important for your vehicle. This way all the parts and components can be inspected fully for any issues. Noticing any problems should indicate that it should be repaired as soon as possible. If you do not choose to fix the problem, it will only get worse. It can also result in a more expensive repair bill when it is fixed.
The terminals of the battery should also be inspected so that they are free of rust or corrosion. Doing so will help the connectivity and the power of the battery. If the terminals are in less than ideal condition, then there can be an issue with how it is charging your vehicle. Remove any dust or dirt that they might have. Sometimes dried leaves can even get on them. So you will want to make sure they are as clean as possible.
If you notice the battery is loose, then it could have issues moving the charge through the system. If the battery fails, your vehicle will not start. Also be sure to check the alternator and starter of the vehicle as well. Sometimes a vehicle not starting can be caused by a poor alternator or poor starter. If you are not sure how often the vehicle should be inspected, make sure to contact us. This will also include checking the battery.
Anytime you notice that the vehicle is difficult to start, contact us. This is especially true if there is an issue starting it often. You will want to have it repaired before the vehicle does not start completely. The age of the battery can also have an affect on how it charges and if it is reliable. When the battery gets older, it may be slow to start and charge. This will be an indication that you should look into getting a new one.
Your vehicle should always be properly maintained to ensure it is in the best condition. When you follow the proper schedule, you can help ensure that the parts and components are working efficiently. This will also help your vehicle to last as long as possible and improve fuel mileage as well. If you ignore the maintenance schedule, your vehicle can start to have issues and may eventually fail.
Fall weather means using the Lights more
During the fall, you will have a greater chance of having to drive with your lights on. Since it gets dark earlier, you may notice needing the lights when driving home from work. You will want to make sure you inspect the lights of your vehicle before you travel. The headlights, taillights, and blinkers will all need to be inspected. Not only do the lights help you to see, but it allows others to notice you as well. The blinkers will alert others around you which way you are turning. This will improve the safety of you and those around you as well.
Also remember to check the windshield wipers. These are important because they will clear the windshield of any road grime or rain. Even if it is not storming out, someone may drive by and hit a puddle, splashing up water and grime. You will need to use the windshield wipers to clear away any of the debris on the windshield. The wipers should be free of any cracks or damage they might have. If you notice this, it will be time to get a new set of wipers. If you are not sure what size is best for the vehicle, bring it in and we can inspect and replace the wipers. Also remember to check the rear wiper as well, if your vehicle is equipped with one. These tend to be forgotten about, because they are used less.
The fluid levels in your vehicle are important for a number of reasons. There are several fluids that work together to help your vehicle operate efficiently and easily. Each fluid should be checked on a regular basis to ensure it is at the correct amount in each reservoir. If it is not, you will have to replace it with more fluid. There is a chance that you may need to replace it often, which may mean there is a leak in the system somewhere. Ignoring a leak can increase the chance of a safety issue and further damage happening. So if you have to replace any fluid often, bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
By following the recommended fluid change or flush schedule you can improve the efficiency of how it runs. The fluids should be flushed when they are starting to get too old to be effective for your vehicle. Over time, the fluid can get debris in it and start to result in grime occurring. When the fluid gets too think, it will not be able to move through the vehicle and do what it was designed to do. If you are not sure on when the fluid should be changed or flushed, we can advise you on the correct schedule for your vehicle.
Remember the Oil
Always remember to change the oil in your vehicle as well. This will help improve the gears and parts because it will be properly lubricated when you drive. Without the oil, these parts can cause friction and wear against one another. Any clunking or grinding noise could be a result of low or no oil. It is not a bad idea to have an extra quart or two of oil in the back seat or trunk of your vehicle. That way, incase you need oil, you will be able to add it, no matter where you are at.
The brake system will need to be inspected by us to ensure that everything is working correctly and efficiently. If you notice anything unusual with it, make sure to contact us to see what the issue might be. Ignoring the problem can only lead to further issues in the long run when you will need to drive. If there is an odd noise or sound that comes from your vehicle, have it looked at. Catching an issue at the first sign can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.
The brake rotors should be checked regularly for your vehicle. The rotors will start to make a grinding noise as the wear down. This is because of the result of metal to metal contact. When the scraping noise happens, the parts have worn either further down. You will be able to see the worn brake components for the vehicle when they are in need of a replacement. Any noise should always be taken seriously and as a sign of caution. If you are not sure if the noise is coming from the brakes or another part, make sure to bring the vehicle in.
Another sign of a brake issue could be the brake pedal. If the pedal feels like it vibrates when you apply it, there could be an issue. You will want to make sure that this is looked at as soon as possible. The pedal that is too hard or soft when applying it, could lead to further damage with the brakes. It can also decrease your safety too when driving. If there is an issue with stopping, the brake lines and brake fluid should be inspected. Slow response time can indicate an issue that will only get worse with time. Remember to bring your vehicle in for regular inspections so we can inspect the car and brakes for you.
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