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Take Precautions in the Winter

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In the winter, there are several things you should remember. The first is that the winter roads can be slick, no matter what the weather is. Sometimes even just a little amount of frost can make the roads slippery. You will want to make sure that you are aware of what the condition of the roads might be. If the weather is less than ideal, then so are the roads. Make sure to drive a speed which you are comfortable at. This will help you to keep control of the vehicle, and not stress about everything. Also keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Typically is should be about three seconds. In less than ideal conditions, the amount should be doubled or tripled. This allows you enough time to stop if you need to suddenly.

Allow Time

You will also want to allow extra time when traveling. This is because if the roads are poor, then you will need to drive slower to also stay safe. The windshield and windows will also need to be scraped off before you go. Sometimes that can take a few seconds, while sometimes it can take quite a few minutes. It is determined by if there is a large build up of ice and snow on your vehicle. To help speed things up, you can start the vehicle and turn the heater to defrost. This will help warm up your vehicle, while also assist in warming up the windshield. You will want to check the side mirrors to ensure they are scraped clear as well, before you drive.

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Also make sure your vehicle is over half full of fuel. This is important incase you go in the ditch. You will want to stay as warm as you can while help is on the way. Keeping the tank over half full will help you to be ready to drive.

Clearing the Windshield in Winter

 

The winter weather can impair your visibility when you are driving. The ice, snow, frost, and sleet can cause issues in the long run. It can start to build up and result in difficult seeing as you drive. Before you drive, make sure to start your vehicle. Turn on the vehicle’s defrost to help warm up the inside of the windshield. Doing so will also help you to warm up your vehicle. While the defrost is on, you can scrape each of the windows. Remember to scrape the side mirrors and the rear windshield of your vehicle as well.

Clear the windows

The visibility should always be the best so that you can see. This will help you to be aware of drivers and other people around you. Clearing off all the windows will also help you be aware of anything that is in the ditch or that could run onto the road. You should also be aware of when the windshield or windows start having a build up on them. You will want to pull over where it safe to do so. Make sure to scrape the windows clean or remove the buildup. This will help you to maintain proper visibility.

Winter visibility

In the winter, your visibility can decrease even when a vehicle passes you. It can blow up snow or slush onto the windshield. If the grime and slush dries quickly, it will leave residue and marks on the windshield that might reduce your visibility. Using the washer fluid and windshield wipers will help to clean the windshield so you can see better. If the wipers make noise or streak marks when they are used, it is recommended that they are replaced. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check or replace the wipers as well.

Slowing Down when Driving in the Winter

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Proper driving is important no matter what time of the year it is. There are some driving habits you will want to change. One of the most important things to do is to change the speed you are driving. When the weather is less than ideal, you will want to adjust the speed of your vehicle. Slowing down will help you to keep a better handle of your vehicle. If it is icy and you hit a patch, your vehicle could slide or skip on the poor roads.

Ready for Winter

One of the best ways to get ready for winter is to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter. Bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. That way we will be able to check over all the parts and components of your vehicle. When there is an odd noise or smell from the vehicle, make sure that you schedule an appointment for it. Catching an issue at the first sign will help prevent even further damage in the long run. It will also help to reduce the chance of a costly repair bill.

Slowing down as you drive

You will want to make sure you slow down when traveling. The roads can buildup with snow and ice quickly. Even just a dusting can result in difficult driving at times. When the roads are slick, the tires and your vehicle may not be able to react, as they typically should. You will also notice that the braking is not as responsive either. Making sure to take corners at a slower speed is also important. If you do not slow down, you can hit a curb or have an accident. Driving slowly and carefully in winter weather will improve the safety of you and your passengers when you travel.

 

Drive with Caution in Winter

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When you drive in the winter weather, it will present new and different driving skills than you are used to during the rest of the year. You will have to drive on snow, ice, and slick roads. Sometimes the roads you drive on will be in less than ideal condition. This is why it will be important to slow down and drive with caution. Before you travel, it is always a good idea to check the weather. This should include the current weather, and even the future forecast of where you will be driving. It would also be a good idea to look up what the road conditions are. This will help you to be aware of how to drive on the roads when you head out.

Tire Checks before you Drive

The tires should be inspected for any issues that they might have. This should include checking the air pressure of each one. The pressure is important because they can properly rotate as you drive. If the tires are not at the correct pressure, then they will not travel as smoothly either. Tires that are under inflated can have an increased chance of blowing out. You will also want to make sure that the tires are not over inflated either. When they are over inflated, they can be more likely to pick up sharp debris or objects on the road.

Winter survival kit

You will also want to make sure that you are prepared in your vehicle. Make sure to have a winter survival kit in there as well. This should include items like non-perishable food, bottled water, a flashlight, a blanket, and even a small shovel incase you get stuck in snow. If you need suggestions about what should be in the kit, you can also ask us. Being as safe as possible is important when traveling on winter roads in the upcoming months. You will want to make sure your vehicle is also reliable for the winter.

 

 

Driving with Clear Windows

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Now is the time of the year that you will notice frost on your windshield and windows. In the morning before you drive to work, you will want to make sure that all of the windows are cleared off. Make sure you can see out of every window, including the back window or windshield. This should also mean checking the side mirrors to ensure they are cleared off as well. You will want to take a snow scraper to remove the frost. If you try to run your windshield wipers, you can end up damaging the rubber portion of the blades on the frost or ice.

Allow it to Warm Up

To help get your car going sooner, take a few extra minutes to have it start running. Letting it warm up for a few minutes helps to get the oil warmed up. This helps to move through the engine as you drive. Make sure that you switch the heat onto defrost, so then it can assist in warming up the windshield. With the windshield getting warm, then it can help to remove frost and ice that might be on the windshield.

Remove Snow

You will also want to remember to brush off any and all snow from your vehicle, once it is snowing. Otherwise, the snow can blow off and impair the visibility of drivers behind you. The hood should also be clear, because that snow can blow up and impact your own visibility. This can be dangerous while on the interstate or with crowded and busy traffic.

 

Another good rule to follow is to make sure you have washer fluid filled up. This will help removed any dirt or road grime from the windshield. In the winter, sometimes clearing the windshield can leave smudge marks. When you use the washer fluid, it will quickly help to get the windshield clean and improve visibility for you again.

Be Prepared for Winter

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The winter weather means that you will want to be prepared when you drive. Part of this means to make sure that the vehicle is properly maintained. We can help you to figure out when regular maintenance inspections should be done for the vehicle. Doing so will help improve the efficiency and also the performance of it as well. Also be aware of any issues that your vehicle might have. Any strange or odd noises that your vehicle makes should be a reason to worry about an issue. It is always best if you bring the vehicle in, and we can inspect it for you. If the issue is caught soon enough, then there will be less of a cost when it is fixed. The longer you let the issue go on for, the more expensive it might be.

Winter and Tires

Also remember to check the overall condition of the tires for your vehicle. They should be in proper condition, and free of any damage. If you see a puncture mark, make sure to have it inspected by us. We should patch and repair it before it becomes a larger issue. It may also be dangerous if you drive on a tire that is damaged or in poor condition. It will also be beneficial to check the air pressure in each tire for your vehicle. This should also include the spare tire.

Winter survival kit

The vehicle you are driving may also benefit from having a winter survival kit in it. This is very beneficial, especially if you go in the ditch. There may be an instance where you will not be able to be pulled out of the ditch for a few hours. Having a kit can be helpful to make sure you have some bottled water, granola bar, other non perishable foods, and some flares as well. You will also want to have a blanket or two in the vehicle as well.

Tire Inspections for your Car

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Each tire should be properly inspected for your vehicle. The overall condition should be inspected for all the tires. This should also include the spare tire. Besides the tires, the vehicle should have an overall maintenance inspection done on regular intervals as well. We can also help you by recommending when these maintenance inspections should be done for your vehicle. This will help keep the vehicle working properly as you drive this fall and into winter.

Tire Rotations

Proper rotations of the tires will help to ensure that they are wearing evenly. With age and miles, the tires will start to wear a certain way. Sometimes they wear down incorrectly. If you take a penny, you can check the tread and the depth of it as well. Place it upside down in the groove of the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread has worn down and it is not deep enough. We can also inspect the tread wear for your tires. This will help to make sure that they are in the best condition possible when you drive.

Air Pressure

The tires should also have the air pressure checked on a regular basis. Each time you fill up with gasoline, it would be an ideal time to check the tires over. Check each one for the correct amount of air, tread wear, and overall condition. If you notice an issue, make sure that you have it inspected as soon as possible. Even if you are not sure if it is a severe issue, we can let you know. When we inspect the vehicle bumper to bumper, we check the tires entirely for anything that might be starting to form. Noticing the sign of an issue should not be ignored. If you do it can cause the problem to become worse and also will cost you more in the long run.

Car Care in the Fall

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A change of seasons means that you should inspect your vehicle for any issues or problems. Bring the vehicle in and we can do a bumper to bumper inspection of the vehicle for you. This will help your vehicle be ready for the fall weather, and even winter. If you are not sure what regular maintenance should be done for your vehicle, make sure to contact us. We can recommend and set up a schedule for your car. Depending how often you drive, and what roads you drive on, the frequency of some tasks might be different. If you put a lot of miles on your car, the oil will need to be changed on a more frequent basis. This will help your driving so you are safe on the road for you and your passengers.

Fall Inspections

As the weather changes, now is a good time to bring your vehicle in for an inspection. We can check all the belts and hoses of the vehicle to help ensure they are working efficiently and correctly. If a belt is starting to wear and fray, it may need to be replaced much sooner than later. A worn belt can break suddenly, causing several issues for your vehicle. If you notice a noise or thumping sound under the hood, it could be a belt going out. It is always in your best interest to bring the vehicle in, so we can inspect everything for you.

Check the Lights

You will also want to make sure that all the lights on your vehicle are working properly as well. These lights are important because other drivers will see them, and therefore see you and your vehicle. They will also be alerted to which direction you are planning on turning or switching lanes. This will improve the safety and the safety of those around you if the lights are properly working. If you are not sure if they are working correctly, you can always bring your vehicle in, so we can check the lights for you.

The Sound your Car Makes

When you drive, there is a lot you should pay attention to. One of the things is what sound or noises you might hear coming from your vehicle. These will be indications that something is wrong with your vehicle. Sometimes it can be something minor, while other times it can mean a larger more expensive fix. The best precaution you can take is to bring the vehicle in on a regular basis for proper maintenance inspections. This way we can inspect the vehicle. A bumper to bumper inspection will help locate any issue or problem that might be occurring for your vehicle. If you ignore these sounds, the problem with eventually get worse and lead to an expensive repair bill.

Brake Noises

A noise coming from your brakes will indicate an issue with them. This can include anything from needing a little more brake fluid, to a full brake job needing to be done. When you bring the vehicle in, we will be able to locate what the issue is. You might hear a clunk-clunk noise when you apply the brake pedal. Another noise that your brakes can make is a squealing noise. This happens when a part will start to wear on another. It is mostly caused by the brake pads and rotors. As the brake pads wear, there will be metal to metal connection with the rotors. This will then result in the squeal noise you hear coming from your brakes.

Grinding Noise

You might hear a grinding noise from your vehicle if there is an issue with power steering. As you turn the vehicle, you may find it more difficult to do so. There may also be a grinding noise or low rumble. This could mean that the power steering is going out, or that the fluid is low. Since this can be difficult to diagnose, it is always recommended that you bring your vehicle in. We can find the source of the issue, and make sure it is repaired as quickly as possible.

Proper Fluid Inspections for the Vehicle

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When you have a car, it is important to keep it up to date on maintenance. This will help it to be efficient, as well as improving the condition that it runs in. There can be several things to check for your vehicle. One thing that can be overlooked is each fluid under the hood. The various fluids help your vehicle in different ways. The transmission fluid will help the transmission to operate correctly. Brake fluid is needed to help keep the brakes responsive. If you ever need to know when each fluid should be changed, make sure to contact us and we can recommend a schedule for your vehicle.

Oil Changes

The oil is another thing that you should not overlook. The oil will need to be changed on a schedule. This is usually determined by the vehicle make and model, and how many miles you will put on it. If you drive a few hundred miles a day, you will need the oil changed sooner than if you were to drive twenty miles each day. Also, what type of roads you drive on is important as well. If you have to drive in stop and go traffic, your vehicle will wear differently than others. So make sure to follow the recommended oil changes that are needed for your vehicle.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid will also need to be inspected regularly. Doing so can help the longevity of your brakes. It will also help increase the safety of the brake system as well. If it is gone, then the brakes will not be able to respond as they otherwise typically should. If you notice there is a delay in when the brakes respond, check it as well. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you to ensure everything is where it should be.

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