There is frost on the pumpkins, football on television, and you’re already wearing a jacket in the mornings. Before you know it, the snow will be falling. Are you ready? Is your car? Our winters can’t be ignored, and you don’t want to be caught unprepared. There are several steps you can take to get your car ready for those icy, snowy roads.
- Start by checking your wiper blades. You should be swapping them out at least twice a year, or more often if needed. As soon as they aren’t working as well, it’s time.
- Check your car’s fluid levels every time your oil is changed. It’s always a good idea to check the frequently used fluids, like windshield wiper fluid, before the flakes start falling. There are windshield wiper fluids available with de-icers and rain repellants that can improve your winter visibility.
- Help your tires get the best traction by verifying that they are properly inflated, recently rotated, and still have decent tread left. If you swap out for winter tires, it’s a lot easier to take care of that before you need it.
- 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.
- Restock your car’s emergency kit. While roadside help is typically a phone call away, what happens if you are in an area with no 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. Jerky, dried fruit, protein bars, and granola bars would all work.
- 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. If you slow down your acceleration and increase speed more gradually, it allows your tires to get better traction.
You can do the maintenance listed above yourself, or you can contact us here at Phil Long Hyundai of Chapel Hills Service Center and we’d be happy to take care of it for you. No matter your make or model, we can get you ready for our next Colorado winter. Contact us and schedule your appointment today.