Frost is on pumpkins, football is on television, and you can see your breath in the mornings. Before you know it, the snow will be falling. Are you ready? Is your car? Don’t get caught unprepared. There are several steps you can take to get your car ready for those icy, snowy roads.
- Check your wiper blades. You should be changing them out at least twice a year, or more often if needed. It’s a simple fix that can really improve your visibility. There are windshield wiper fluids available with de-icers and rain repellants that may help.
- Check all your car’s fluid levels every time your oil is changed. Many fluids break down over time, and need to be replaced periodically. Consult your owner’s manual for more information.
- Your tires will get the best traction if they are properly inflated, recently rotated, and still have decent tread. If you swap out for winter tires, it’s easier on your driving stress level if you take care of that before it’s needed.
- When was your last alignment? If you can’t remember, you’re probably due. Our potholes mean you will need alignment more often, and it’s the best way to extend the life of your tires.
- Check your battery, belts, and hoses for wear, and replace as needed. If you are following your manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule, this will already be happening, and it’s a lot safer to replace these before they fail. Hose and belt failure is the leading cause of disabled vehicles, so stay safe and stay on the road by performing this maintenance task.
- Restock your car’s emergency kit. While roadside help is typically a phone call away, what happens if you are in an area with spotty coverage, or have forgotten your phone? You can purchase a kit or make your own. At a minimum, have replacement fluids such as windshield wiper fluid and coolant, paper towels or wipes, a flashlight, and ice and snow removal tools. You should also include blankets, water, and shelf stable emergency food, such as jerky, dried fruit, protein bars, or granola bars. If you drive a lot on remote roads, consider adding MREs, a folding shovel, and sleeping bags. If you do get stuck and digging yourself out isn’t working, try using your car’s floor mats for traction.
- Finally, take a look at how you drive, as simple changes like allowing an adequate braking distance can keep you and everyone else on the road safer. Give snow plows and maintenance vehicles plenty of room, and drive cautiously and courteously.
You can do the maintenance listed above yourself, or you can contact us here at Phil Long Hyundai of Motor City Service Center and we’d be happy to take care of it for you. No matter what you’re driving, we can get you ready for our next Colorado winter. Contact us and schedule your appointment today.