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Safe Driving this Winter

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Staying safe on the road the winter means you will have to adjust your driving habits. Make sure that your bring your vehicle in on a regular basis for all the inspections. This way we can do a bumper to bumper inspection for the vehicle. If there are any issues, we can inspect it for the source of the problem. Whenever you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to contact us. You will want to have it inspected at the first sign. This way you can help prevent further damage and repair costs in the long run.

Safe Driving

With winter weather, remember to adjust some of your driving habits. Doing so will help you to stay safe while on the roads. The first thing to do is to slow down your speed. By slowing down, you will keep better control of your vehicle on the road. If roads are slick or ice covered, reducing your speed is the best thing to do. Drive at a speed that you feel comfortable at. If you can feel the vehicle starting to slide, slow down even more. Also remember to never have the cruise control set.

 

Also remember to check the weather and road conditions before you leave. Doing so will help you to be aware what you are driving in. If the weather is less than ideal, make sure to leave in plenty of time. If the roads are in poor condition, you will be able to drive slow, without being late to your destination. Remember that if there is precipitation that you will need to turn on your headlights. This way you can see the roads better. It will also help others to see you. If you notice that a headlight or taillight is out, make sure to schedule an appointment. We can inspect and repair the light for you.

Repairs Needed for your Vehicle

 

When repairs are needed for your vehicle, you will want to tend to these as soon as possible. This way we can look to see what the issue might be. If the problem is severe, you will want to have this taken care of as soon as possible. As the vehicle starts to age, there will need to be frequent maintenance inspections done. This way we can help to ensure the vehicle is running efficiently and at top performance levels. If you are not sure how often maintenance should be done for the vehicle, contact us. That way you can make sure the parts and components are wearing correctly.

Winter Repairs

Through the winter, you will want to make sure and check the air pressure of the tires on a regular basis. When it is cold, the tires can lose as much as a pound of air pressure for every ten degree drop in temperature. If you do not check the tires regularly, you will be driving on a tire with low air pressure. This can lead to damage to the tires and rims of your vehicle. Tires that are over inflated or under inflated can increase the chance for damage. They can either be more prone to blowing out or picking up sharp objects on the road.

 

You will also want to be aware of any odd noises or sounds your vehicle might make. This can indicate an issue with a part. No matter if it is a minor problem or major issue, you will want to have it inspected. Even if you do not think it is a problem, it is always best to have it looked at. That way you are aware of the overall vehicle’s condition. Also make sure to be aware of any dashboard warning lights that might come on. This can also alert you to an issue with your vehicle.

Mid-Winter Vehicle Inspections

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During the mid-winter, you will want to make sure to check your car. Everything should be running efficiently and at top performance levels. If there are any issues, you will want to have them inspected and repaired as soon as possible. Having the vehicle in for regular maintenance will help keep it operating as long as possible as well. Always remember to check for signs of an issue between visits. These should always be taken seriously. That way, you will help prevent further problems from happening.

Mid-Winter vehicle checks

Check the tires in mid-winter to make sure they are in proper condition. They should be properly inflated. If one or more tire lacks the correct amount of air, it can lead to further problems with your vehicle. The first thing is that the rim of the tire can become bent and damaged. The tire itself will be damaged so it no longer can be driven on safely. Also remember to check the overall condition of the tires. They should be free of any cracks, bulges, and damage to them. Remember to take some time and check the tread wear as well. If the tread has worn down, new tires are needed.

 

You will want to check the fluid levels of the vehicle as well. Make sure to top them off if they are low. This way, your vehicle will always be in the best condition when you need to drive it. If there is anything out of the norm you notice, contact us. We should professionally inspect the vehicle bumper to bumper. If there are any issues, we can alert you to them. We can also advise you on the solutions to repair them. This can help save money in the long run. Bringing the vehicle in on a regular basis will help you get back to a safe and reliable drive.

A Frozen Car door and what you need to know

 

Having a frozen car door can be a major issue, especially if you are in a hurry to go somewhere. You will want to make sure to try and park your vehicle in a garage or out of the harsh elements. If the vehicle is in a garage, you will not have to worry about removing snow or ice from it. It also decreases the chance of the vehicle freezing shut. If you cannot get your vehicle in, then you can consider covering the vehicle. This way the snow, ice, or freezing rain will not be directly on your vehicle.

Frozen Doors

One of the first things to do is gently loosen the handle of the vehicle. As this becomes usable again, then you can focus on opening the door. You can grab the handle and carefully pull and push the door until it opens. If you yank the door too hard, there is a good chance you will break the handle on it. Make sure that you try to grab along the edge of the door once there is a gap. This can help you to pull the door open as well. You may also gently hit with your fist around the frame to loosen up any ice that might be there as well.

 

You will be able to use a scraper to help you open the door as well. Scrape any ice or snow from the window or door of the vehicle. You will want to be careful, because the edge of the scraper can damage and chip away any paint on the door. You could also use the edge of the scraper to run along the frame of the door so it loosens the grip. A combination of the scraper and also pushing against the door can help open it as well.

 

 

Jump Starting your Vehicle

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You will have to jump start your vehicle when the battery has gone dead. This may be something new or something you have not done before. You will want to properly jump start the vehicle so you continue on your travels. There are a few steps that you should know and be aware of to properly jump start your car. If you are not sure how to properly do so, it is always best to consult a professional. This way you reduce the chance of doing damage to the battery or your vehicle. It will also help you to prevent issues or a costly repair bill in the long run as well.

Jump starting your vehicle

The first thing to do when having to jump start, is to park the car next to the one that needs to be jumped. You will want them close to one another, but do not have them touch. Both vehicles should also be turned off completely. You will want to pop the hoods and find the batteries of both vehicles. Also make sure that the jumper cables are untangled and can reach each battery with ease.

 

You will want to hook the red clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery. After that, take the other end of the red clamp, and attach it to the positive terminal of the working battery. Then take the black clamp and connect it to the negative terminal of the working battery. Take the remaining black clamp and attach it to an unpainted metal surface of the dead car. After this is done, you will want to start the car with the good battery first. Then start the vehicle that has the dead battery. When you go to remove the cables, make sure to do it in reverse order that you attached them. Make sure to let the engine run for several minutes after this is completed.

Weather in the Winter and your Visibility

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The weather can affect your driving and visibility in the winter months. If there are any issues with the vehicle, always remember to contact us. That way we can set up an appointment to give your vehicle a bumper to bumper inspection. This will allow us the chance to find any issues as well. If there is a problem, it is always best to have it inspected at the first sign. This will help you save time, money, and stress in the long run. You will want to also check the vehicle between visits. This should include the wipers and lights for your vehicle as well. In the winter, you will want to check the road and weather conditions before driving. This allows you to be prepared for what the conditions are like.

Lights in the Weather

Check the lights on your vehicle regularly. That way no matter what the weather might be, you will see the road in front of you. This is important incase an object or animal is on the road and you need to react. Check the taillights of the vehicle. This way other drivers behind you will know where you are, and it prevents the chance of a rear end collision. Also check the blinkers so that they are working. The blinkers will allow others to know which direction you plan on turning.

 

The wipers of the vehicle will clear away any snow or rain that might be on the windshield. If they are damaged, they will not be as effective. This can increase the chance of an accident or going in the ditch because you will not have the best visibility possible. If you notice any streaks across the windshield, this will indicate an issue with the wipers. Make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible, so then your visibility will be the best it can be.

 

Block Heaters and Why they Help

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Block heaters are an important accessory that you can install in your vehicle. With the cold temperatures and weather, your vehicle will be slow to start. If the temps drop significantly, then your battery will be difficult to operate and start the vehicle. To help start the vehicle more efficiently, the car should be warm. Parking in a garage or enclosure will help protect it from the cold. If you do not have this option, investing in a block heater is beneficial. This is designed to help keep the vehicle warm so you can start the car easier.

Regular Maintenance for your Vehicle

Make sure that you keep the vehicle up to date on all maintenance inspections. No matter what time of the year, regular maintenance is important. This way, we can do a bumper to bumper inspection to ensure everything is working as it properly should be. If there is an issue, we can advise you on the options you have to have it fixed or repaired. This will help you to get back on the road, with a safe and reliable vehicle. If there are any odd noises or sounds you hear, always make sure to contact us. It is always best to have the vehicle at the first sign of an issue. Even if you think it may not be a big deal, it is always recommended that we inspect it properly for you. This will also help prevent further issues or costly repair bills in the future.

 

Also remember to check the fluid levels for your vehicle. Make sure they are topped off to the correct amount. This will help prevent any issues from the engine or other parts. If you are not sure what level the fluids should be at, or if there should be a fluid flush, make sure to schedule an appointment with us.

Cold Weather and How the Battery is Affected

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The cold weather can affect the efficiency and effectiveness of the battery for your vehicle. If there are issues starting to form, always make sure to contact us. By scheduling an appointment, we can check to see what the issue might be for your vehicle. Anything out of the norm, or anything strange is always important to be aware of and what was happening. By having us inspect it, you can help save time, money, and issues in the long run. If the vehicle is doing it more often, then this could be a serious matter.

Battery care when it is Cold

Cold weather can cause battery issues. The first sign of a problem is if the vehicle does not start. Or the vehicle may start, but might not continually run. If it shuts off, then there is a severe problem. There might also be an issue with the starter or alternator. No matter what the issue is, it will only become worse with time. So always make sure it is taken care of immediately. As the temperatures drop, so will the efficiency of the battery. Make sure the battery is efficient by having it tested. This will determine how much life is left for the battery.

 

You will also want to make sure the battery is clean. If there is dirt or grime on it, clean the battery off. Check the terminals on the battery to make sure there is a strong connection. If there is not, you will want to schedule an appointment. Also make sure that the terminals are clean as well. Be careful as these can be easily damaged. To have them properly cleaned off, schedule an appointment with us, and we can clean them. This will help the battery to last as long as possible, while also being effective for your vehicle.

 

 

Checking Tire Conditions Before Driving

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By checking the tires on your vehicle, you will be able notice any issues that might be starting to form. During the colder winter months, you will want to make sure that you inspect the tires regularly. Checking them before you drive is important, because when the temperatures drop, so do the tires. For every ten degree decrease in temperature, the tires can lose one pound per square inch of air pressure. This can lead to a lower tire, especially if temperatures drop significantly in a short amount of time. If you notice that the tires are low often, you will want to schedule an appointment with us.

Checking the Tires

When checking the air pressure, you can check in the vehicle owner’s manual. You can also find the proper air pressure amount on the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. If a tire is under inflated, then it will be more likely to blow out. When a tire is over inflated, then it can be more prone to pick up sharp objects that might be on the road. You will also want to make sure that the spare tire is inspected as well. If one of the regular tires blows or is damaged, you will have to rely on the spare tire to get you to your destination. You will also want to check to make sure that you can get the spare tire out quickly and easily if you have to.

 

Besides the air pressure, also check the overall condition and the tread wear. If you take a penny, place it upside down in the tread, you can tell how much is left. By seeing the top of Lincoln’s head, this will indicate that the tire should be replaced. Since they are sold in pairs, you will want to make sure to get another one. Ideally it is best to replace all four tires at once, but it is not necessary.

Staying Safe while Driving this Winter

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Safe driving is important, no matter the time of the year. In the winter, driving safe is especially important. If you have an accident or go in the ditch, you will have to make sure to stay warm. Always remember to check the weather before you travel. Even if it is a few miles, you will want to know what type of weather and road conditions you will be driving on. If the weather is less than ideal, you want to leave earlier. This allows you an adequate amount of time to make sure to reach your destination safely. When you are driving, knowing the road conditions and traffic is important.

Safe Driving Speeds

Remember that you will want to proceed at a speed that you feel comfortable driving at. This will help you to maintain control of the vehicle on slick roads. If you keep a safe distance and feel comfortable driving, you will improve the safety. No matter what the speed limit sign signs, drive at a slower speed when the weather is less than ideal out. You will also want to check the traffic around you. If traffic is going slower than normal, make sure to slow down too. Be aware of bridges and ramps, as those can become slick quickly.

 

You will also want to make sure that the lights are on for your vehicle. Doing so will help others to see where you are when you are driving. Without the lights on, you may cause an accident. Checking the lights and blinkers ahead of driving can help reduce the chance that they are not working. You will also want to remember that the vehicle should be brought in regularly for proper maintenance. Doing so will help improve the overall safety and reliability for the vehicle. As you drive this winter.

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