In the winter it is inevitable that you will have to remove ice, snow, and frost from your winndshield. You will want to make sure that you clear the windshield, side windows, rear windshield, and side mirrors. In order to start your vehicle so you can start to warm it up, and warm up the windshield, you will want to make sure you can get in your vehicle. You may need to have a lock de-icer to get in. Lock de-icer is simply a specific concentration of isopropyl alcohol. It’s the same chemical compound found in rubbing alcohol, for example, but at a much stronger concentration. Lock de-icer, is at least 98 percent isopropyl alcohol, while rubbing alcohol is typically between 50 and 70 percent strength. That potent alcoholic liquid works by lowering the freezing point of water. Lock de-icer is designed to act as a fail-safe to open your doors when the small key hole cover flap meant to keep moisture out of locks and prevent them from freezing up doesn’t do the trick.
Winter driving is different than the rest of the year. When you drive in the winter, you will have to be more aware of the roads and surroundings than you do other times of the year. Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. Also remember to never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. Before you drive, make sure that the tires are properly inflated, and not over or under inflated. You will also want the gas tank to be at least half full. This helps to ensure your vehicle is ready to drive when you need it, and you have plenty of gas to reach your destination when driving in the winter. Another important thing when driving in the winter is not to use your cruise control if the roads or weather are anything less than ideal. If you drive on slick roads that are wet, ice, slush, or snow covered, you will want to slow down to a speed your are comfortable with, while also being able to control the vehicle.
Noticing a transmission noise while driving can cause enough of a worry to lead you to assume the worst. However, if you are aware of the types of problems that can arise with the transmission, you will find it easier to determine what repair work is required. Make sure to bring the vehicle in at any noise that you hear. This way we can inspect the vehicle, under the hood, or transmission, depending on the noise that is being heard. By catching an issue early on, you can help reduce the chance of costly repair bills in the future.
Make sure to check your vehicle often. Check the tires on a weekly basis. The air pressure should be at the amount that is recommended by the vehicle owner’s manual. Tires that are under inflated or over inflated could cause issues over time. Under inflated tires can lead to poor fuel efficiency with the vehicle. Over inflated tires can be more prone to pick up sharp objects and debris that might be in the road. Besides having regular maintenance done on the vehicle, there are some tips you can do to help improve your driving habits, as well as your safety this winter.
When traveling, it is important to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible. This can help improve the safety and reliability of the vehicle when you drive. If you notice that the vehicle is starting to sound, smell, or feel odd, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the vehicle for any issues that might be starting to form. By catching an issue at the first sign, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run. This will be able to make your driving experience a more pleasant one as you drive. When you drive at night, it can more hazardous than driving in the day. This because there is less light to see by as you drive. Your depth perception and peripheral vision are also severely limited during the night. This can reduce your reaction time incase something happens on the road. Usually you are more tired and fatigued at night. When you are driving, you may notice that it is difficult to concentrate. If you notice you cannot pay attention to the road and those around you properly, make sure to pullover so you are not in an accident.
To help keep your vehicle operating the best it can, make sure you bring it in for regular scheduled maintenances. This way we can inspect it over to help ensure all parts are in good working condition. If anything is worn or damaged, it can be replaced in a timely manor. Make sure to have small issues fixed as soon as possible. This can help reduce the chance for a larger issue and costly repair bill. There are also some things you can inspect on the vehicle regularly to ensure they are in good condition.