When getting ready to drive in the winter, it is important to know some safety tips. This can help to prevent an accident for you and those around you. One of the most important things to do is to slow down and be cautious of the road conditions that you will be driving on. It is recommended that you always leave a space of at least 3 seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you. If the weather or road conditions are less than ideal, the amount should be six or nine seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Also try not to slam on the brakes or accelerate fast. This can lead to unnecessary wear and tear on the brake system of your vehicle.
The tires should be inspected regularly to help ensure they are in proper working condition. This is important because the tires are the only part of the vehicle that connects you to the surface of the road. The tires should be checked regularly for the correct air pressure that is in them. If your vehicle has a spare tire, this should also be checked. The correct amount of air pressure that is recommended for the tires can be found in the owner’s manual for the vehicle. It can also be found on the inside of the driver’s door. If you are unsure of the correct air pressure, bring the vehicle in and we can check the tires for you.
The battery should be well maintained no matter what time of the year it is. Extreme temperatures can cause the battery to wear out sooner than it should. Road grime and other conditions can also lead to the battery failing. This is because the battery cables could break down and speed up the corrosion along the terminals of the battery. If there are any signs of corrosion on the terminals, make sure to clean it. Also check to ensure that the cables are tightly attached to the battery again.
If you ever notice that there is an issue with the vehicle between visits, make sure to bring it in. We can see what the source of the issue is. By fixing an issue earlier when it is small, it can help to prevent a larger issue from forming in the future. This can also help to reduce the chance of a costly repair bill. It is also important to make sure to come in for the recommended oil changes. This can help to provide proper lubrication for the rest of the parts for the vehicle.