28 Jan Winter Season Vehicle Prep
The winter season is almost upon us, and the transition to winter driving conditions can be perplexing. When you do head out and drive on icy roads this winter, remember to drive with caution, monitoring your speed and keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic to allow for time to brake in the event the roads are slippery. In addition to driving habits, it’s also a good idea to get your vehicle in shape to handle the cold air and slippery roads. Maintenance is especially important in the winter months.
It’s a good idea to either have all-season tires equipped on your vehicle, or in the event that you rely on swaps between snow/asphalt tires, to be prepared. Winter tires are reliably grippy on snow and slick roads. But tires can wear, and oftentimes when the winter tires get put away for three-quarters of the year, it’s easy to forget when these tires need to be replaced. If there is any damage or the treads are worn past the point of reliability, then replace the tires.
Your vehicle’s battery is a culprit for potential problems once the cold weather sets in. Cold weather makes it hard for your vehicle’s battery to turn over. Check the battery and make sure that there isn’t any corrosion on the terminals, and that the battery appears physically in good condition. If you have any doubts about your vehicle’s battery you can bring it to your professional mechanic at Willard’s Garage for an inspection and charge. Your mechanic can also check your fluid systems and do any of the required maintenance in the same visit.
If you are unsure about the condition of your windshield wipers (It’s easy in Montana to forget our wipers because it’s a rare occasion in the warmer seasons when we need them to shed water) check them. Replace the wipers if they appear worn or damaged.
If you are ready to schedule your next service, or if your vehicle is in need of attention from your qualified mechanic, then call Willard’s Garage today.