Before traveling this winter, make sure your vehicle is in the best condition possible. You can bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the parts and components for you. Having a vehicle operating in top condition can be beneficial as you drive. Make sure to walk around your vehicle and check all the lights. This includes the high and low beams, flashers, signals, brake lights, and the license plate light. This is important because not only does the lights help you to see, but also it helps others to see you as well. The blinkers will allow others to know which direction you plan on turning so they do not collide into you. If there is a bulb out or issue with the lights, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the lights for you.
The cold temperatures can be tough on mechanical components. Check the radiator and heater hoses for cracks and leaks. Hoses should be firm yet pliable when squeezed. Generally, the antifreeze mix should be flushed at least every two years to prevent corrosion buildup. If your vehicle is almost due, take care of it now. Schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. If there is a leak in the system, you will want to have it repaired before further damage can occur to your vehicle. This can help you save time, money, and stress in the long run when you drive.
Also remember at colder temperatures, your battery has only half of the cranking power it has at the warmer eighty degrees. All batteries lose strength as they age, so do not take any chances. If you start to notice that the vehicle becomes slower to start or more difficult, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. We can check the battery to ensure it still able to charge. If a new battery is needed, we can recommend what battery you would need. Also make sure to check the tires on your vehicle. Underinflated tires cause unsafe handling and braking. By keeping a tire gauge in the glove compartment, you can check the pressure in all your tires once a month and before any trip. Check your owner’s manual or driver’s doorjamb for the correct pressure. This way you can ensure the tires are inflated to the proper amount that they need to be. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. If there is a leak in the tire, make sure to bring it in so we can patch it for you. This can improve your vehicle when you drive it.