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Tire inspections are important to do regularly. Each tire should be inspected based on a regular interval for your vehicle. If you are not sure when this schedule should be, there are two different ways to check. You can look in the vehicle owner’s manual to see the schedule in there. It is always recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. That way we can also give you a schedule that we recommend as well. Tires should be maintained by inspecting the tread, air pressure, and overall condition they are in. Anytime there is an issue, always make sure to schedule an appointment with us.
Air Pressure Inspections
Make sure each tire has the correct air pressure in it. This will help the tires rotate correctly and improve the longevity of them. When tires have low air pressure, they can be more prone to blowing out. If the tires have too much air pressure, then they can pick up sharp objects on the road. Either case will also cause them to wear out more quickly. This will then result in you needing to replace them much sooner than you otherwise should. If there is a leak in a tire, make sure that you bring it in so we can inspect both the vehicle and tire for you.
Also remember that the tread should be checked. Look to make sure there is enough tread, and that it is wearing evenly all the way around the tire. If the tires are not properly aligned, one part of the tread will wear down quickly. The tire may also wear out sooner than the rest of the tires should. You can take a penny and place it upside down in the tread groove. Seeing the top of Lincoln’s head is a result of the tread being worn down. If this is the case, a new set of tires is the best option.
The cabin filter of your vehicle is an important part for having the cabin comfortable to be in and breath. These filters can be made of either paper or cotton material. When the cabin filter is clean, they will remove any pollutants from the air before it enters the cabin of the vehicle. When the filter is clogged and full of dust, it can affect the air conditioning system and efficiency of it. Another issue is if the cabin filter is clogged, it can end up reducing the amount of air that passes through it. The flow of air into the cabin of the vehicle will be reduced as well. When this happens, you may turn the fan settings up even higher. This will end up putting more strain and stress on the air conditioning system of the vehicle.
Cabin filter issues
As the cabin filter becomes clogged, the system will work harder because it requires more power from the engine as well. This will then reduce power to any other component of the vehicle, like the alternator. The result can be that the overall horsepower and performance of the vehicle will decrease. If parts are not in the best condition, it can cause other parts to become damaged. In the long run you will have a costly repair bill to these parts and components.
When the airflow is poor, it will add strain and cause the air conditioner to overwork for your vehicle. You can also notice that not only is there reduced airflow, but the air temperature in the cabin will not be as comfortable. When the air temperature increases, it could determine how clogged the filter may be for your vehicle. You can also start to notice an odd smell or odor from the vents in your vehicle as well. Any smell like mildew, mold, or dust can be caused by a filter that needs to be changed. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us so we can schedule an appointment for you.
With more buses on the road because of the start of the new school year, make sure that you aware of the laws. You may know that if the stop sign arm extends from the bus, make sure to come to a full and complete stop immediately. Another sign is if you notice that the lights are flashing on the bus. This can determine when the bus is going to slow down and stop. If you are following behind the bus, you will want to leave a large amount of space. Even if there is not a kid visible getting on or off the bus, make sure to obey the laws and stop.
When driving in a lane that is oncoming to the bus, you will want to stop as well if the lights are flashing. Once the lights stop, the stop sign is no longer extended, and the bus starts to move, then you can continue driving. Also be aware if you are following a bus in town, it will probably be making frequent stops along the street to pick up kids. So make sure to pay attention for where the bus is so you do not run into it.
Buses should see you
To help make sure the bus driver sees you as well, drive with the lights on if it is early in the morning, later in the evening, or dark and cloudy. This way the driver can easily see you, and everyone can stay safe. If you notice the lights are no longer as bright as they used to be, contact us. We can inspect the lights of your vehicle and make sure they are aimed properly. Headlights that are not placed correctly may shine off to one side. This can also impair your visibility when you are driving as well.
Before you go back to school, make sure to have and inspection done for your vehicle. When an inspection is done, we can check all components for the vehicle for how they are working. Checking the vehicle on a regular basis will also help to notice when and if any problems will start to occur. You will want the vehicle to be in the best condition possible for the upcoming school year. Having it inspected can also help ensure that it is efficient and safe when you drive. If you are not sure when regular maintenance should be done for your vehicle, you can check the owner’s manual. We can also advise you when maintenance tasks should be done. Regular maintenance and inspections are important for the longevity of your vehicle as well.
Back to School car tips
One of the most important things to do is to make sure that the engine is working properly as you head back to school. When you check the engine, you can help prevent issues like hard starts, stalling out, and rough idling of the vehicle. As it starts to get colder this year, these small problems will only become worse. So it is important that you notice anything out of the norm with the engine, so that it is inspected and repaired now. The last thing you will want to have happen is if the vehicle has an unexpected breakdown when you are on the road.
Getting ready for back to school should include things for your car as well. Make sure that you check the oil and oil filter regularly. The owner’s manual can advise you on a schedule that the oil should be changed. Doing so will help to make sure that everything is properly lubricated. This will help keep the engine running smoothly. If you notice any issues or odd noise, make sure to contact us. That way the issue can be corrected before it gets worse.
You should never forget your kids or pets in the car, no matter what time of the year it is. If you drive and have your kids in the backseat, always remember to take them out so they are not left in the hot car. Even after a few minutes, the car can become unsafe and dangerously hot for anyone to be in it. The best protection against this accident is to make sure to scan the backset of the vehicle, to ensure kids or pets are not left behind. By always checking in the backset, you can rest assured that they are not forgotten about.
When it is hot and humid, the internal temperature of the vehicle can increase substantially if the car is turned off. Even if you think you might be away for just a few minutes, it can become extremely hot and dangerous. If you are worried you might forget, write a note or set a reminder on your phone. Having a smart phone means that you can download apps to the phone. One app called kars4kids where it will alert you when kids are in the car. This is beneficial so that you will be less likely to have it slip from your mind.
Look in the Back
Also remember if you have to run errands, do so before you pick up the kids, or after you drop them off. It is always best to be safe than sorry. Keeping things in the backseat that you need to take to work is also a good way to double check. If you carry a briefcase, bag, or lunch to work, place it in the back. Once the vehicle is turned off and starts to heat up, every second counts. So make sure to do everything possible to prevent this accident from happening.
A spare tire is designed for your vehicle when you can no longer drive on one of the regular tires. On a regular basis, make sure to bring your vehicle in for general maintenance inspections. This way we can check the various parts and components of the vehicle to ensure that they are in the best condition. If something is starting to wear down, you want to have it replaced or repaired as soon as you can. You can check to see when regular maintenance is needed by checking the owner’s manual of the vehicle. Another option is to contact us, and we can advise a schedule for you.
One part to check is each tire of the vehicle. Along with this, you should include the spare tire. The spare tire will be needed if one of the other tires blows out. Make sure that the spare tire has enough air in it. The last thing you will want is to pull out the tire, and it is flat. When there is enough air in the tire, you will be able to reach a place to have the tire fixed or your home. If you are checking the air in the regular tires, take a few extra moments and check the spare as well.
Spare Tire Driving
You will want to follow tips on how to drive on the spare tire as well. Make sure to not drive over 50 miles on it. Driving too long on it can increase the chance of damage in the long run to it. You will also notice that your vehicle is handling poorly on the road after awhile as well. Driving on it too many miles can also result in damage to the spare. Also remember to drive less than 50 miles per hour. If you drive at a faster speed, the spare tire will not rotate the same as the others. Make sure to contact us with any issues you might have as well.
Keeping the vehicle cool is important when you drive in the hotter summer months. This should include the interior of the vehicle, as well as preventing the engine overheating. Be sure to keep an eye on the temperature gauge of the vehicle when you drive. If you notice it becoming higher, try to do some things to prevent it getting any hotter. You can turn off the air conditioner of the vehicle. By turning on the heater, you can help reduce the amount of heat from the engine. Be sure to roll down the windows though. If the vehicle continues to get in the red of the temperature gauge, then you will need to turn the vehicle off. By continuing to drive when it is that hot, extreme damage can be done to the engine.
Checking the Coolant
You will want to always check the amount of coolant for your vehicle. This will help keep the engine and radiator cool. Without coolant, the engine will overheat for your vehicle. This can also lead to further issues and costly repairs for your vehicle. When you do check the coolant, do it after the vehicle has been off for several minutes. If you check the coolant instantly, you run the risk of hot steam and being burned.
Keep it Cool
Another tip is to check for any steam that comes out from under the hood of the vehicle. This can indicate that the vehicle is overheating as well. If you notice this, make sure to pull the vehicle over when it is safe to do so. Then turn the vehicle off. You will also want to go to the front of the vehicle and pop the hood of the car so the amount of heat can be reduced. If it has sat awhile, try restarting the vehicle to ensure that it does not overheat.
The dashboard warning lights are important for a reason. If one of these illuminates, then you will be able to determine what or where the issue is. You will want to make sure to bring the vehicle in anytime you notice that a dashboard warning light coming on. If the light starts to blink when you are driving, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. You will want to turn your vehicle off as well. This will help prevent further damage from being done to it. Make sure that you also schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can. Having the vehicle properly inspected can reduce issues as well. If the battery light comes on, there could be an issue with how your vehicle is charging.
Engine Dashboard Light
When the check engine light illuminates, you will want to make sure that you notice if it is blinking or not. If the light blinks, then you will want to pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. You should also turn off your vehicle so further damage is not done to it. Also be aware if there is any smoke or noises coming from under the hood of the vehicle. If this is the case, you will want to make sure the vehicle is safe enough to continue driving it.
Also make sure you are aware of the brake light on the dashboard. This will alert you to any issues that might be with the brakes. If you notice that the brakes are softer or harder to apply, it can mean that the brake fluid may be low. Make sure that you schedule an appointment with us so we can inspect the brakes fully for you. If the brake fluid is at the proper amount, we can check the brake rotors and brake pads. Over time these will start to wear, and will need to be replaced. You will always want your brakes to be in the best condition, so make sure to schedule an appointment.
Keeping you and your passengers safe when you drive is important. There are several driving tips you should follow. One of the most important things is to make sure that they lights are on for your vehicle, especially if it is getting dark. When it starts to rain, you will also want to make sure that you turn the lights on for your vehicle. This way you can help to see the road and ditch ahead, while also having others see where you are. When you have the lights on, then you can improve the safety as you drive as well.
Stay Safe by Driving the Speed limit
Also remember that you should drive the speed limit as well. This will help you to remain safe on the road because you can react as needed when you drive. If you drive too fast, then you may not be able to adjust your driving if something happens. This could be an emergency or if something runs across the road and you need to slam on the brakes. You will also want to drive at a speed that you feel comfortable at and that you can handle the vehicle. By speeding and changing lanes fast, you run the chance of having a crash. Another vehicle could switch lanes, causing a collision with you because you are driving too fast.
You will also want to make sure that your vehicle is properly maintained. Bringing it in for regular maintenance is important. Having a bumper to bumper inspection will be able to determine if there is anything wrong with the vehicle or not. If there is any sort of wear and tear to it, we can inspect and repair it. Always be aware how your vehicle handles on the road as well. If there is any issues, it is best to have it looked at as soon as possible.
Know the rules of the hands free law coming soon. A new law that going to be in place soon will require you to be hands free when having to talk or use your cell phone in any way. It is important that you are aware of the law that will soon be in affect. Make sure that you read the full description of it so you understand it. With the new law, you cannot have your phone in your hand as you drive. If you need to use your phone for one-touch functions, you will still be able to do so. This is if you can access this option without holding the cell phone, typing, or scrolling on it. If you have a newer vehicle, you may already have Bluetooth technology that allows you to operate the phone without holding it.
Hands Free options
There are also other options you can invest in with a hands free device. You can come in to talk about the options to make your car into one that is compatible with a cell phone. There are options that can range in any price range you are looking at. Some of them can mount on the windshield or dash of your vehicle. This helps the phone to remain secure when you drive. Some of these can plug into the vent of your vehicle. There are also options that you can have adjustable brackets that hold the phone. With anything that sticks to the dashboard, it may eventually become a distraction for the driver.
Holders for the Phone
Another option is to have suction mounts that are on the dashboard. This allows you to place the phone where you can see it, but you will not have to hold it to talk on it or use the GPS. No matter what you decide, it is always beneficial to read and review that new law that is going into place. Understanding what it means will help you to follow the law better as well.