In many parts of the country, winter can be harsh on your car, so it’s important to know winter car care tips to extend the life of your car and ensure it’s in good driving condition during cold, snowy winter months. The last thing you want to happen is to not properly winterize your car and have it break down when it’s freezing outside, and a Brakes Plus location is nowhere in sight. Sub-zero temperatures, salt to clear roads, and slush can do some real damage to your car. Here are some tips for winter car maintenance tips that should keep your car running smoothly even in the most harsh winter conditions.
- Check antifreeze/coolant as antifreeze controls your engine’s temperature and does not freeze in cold temperatures. Servicing the cooling system before winter arrives will help prevent costly repairs down the road.
- Install new windshield wiper blades as this will improve your visibility when driving in snowy conditions. Large trucks tend to splash slush and liquid onto your windshield reducing your ability to see. Good quality, new wiper blades will allow you to see where you’re going regardless of the wintry conditions.
- Make sure your battery is strong as weak batteries are less reliable and can cause your car to take longer to start in the morning. Make sure your connectors are tight and that there is no erosion. Have your battery tested to ensure it has the power to withstand the cold temperature of the winter months. To minimize strain on your battery, always start your car with your heater, lights and defrosters off.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car, especially in winter. A first aid kit, jumper cables, flashlight, blankets, bottled water and non-perishable snacks such as energy bars and crackers will help you should a breakdown occur, and you have to wait for assistance.
- Make sure your air filter is clean as a clogged air filter makes your car work much harder than it should have to; a clogged air filter will prevent your car from operating at its optimal level.
- Keep your tires inflated at the proper level as improper inflation levels will affect you tire’s ability to get traction and can even lead to a very dangerous blowout. Make sure your spare tire is also properly inflated as cold temperatures may cause it to lose pressure.
Brakes Plus cares about you and the life of your car. With the arrival of Old Man Winter, it’s time to take the necessary steps to winterize your car by following these simple winter car care tips. Contact Brakes Plus today and let us winterize your car and make it safe for the winter months.
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The best tip for driving in snow is to avoid it all together, but that’s not always possible. If you must drive on snow-covered roads, there are precautions you can take to minimize your chances of being involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, however, not all other drivers on the road will follow these tips for driving in snow, so defensive driving is important when it comes to traveling on snow-covered roads.
If you must drive in wintry weather, here are some tips for driving in snow from the friendly, professional team at Brakes Plus that will help to reduce your chance of getting into an accident:
- Make sure your tires are made for snowy travel. Many drivers of SUVs and other vehicles made for rugged terrain and snow-covered roads give drivers a false sense of security. Just because you’re in a vehicle such as an SUV does not mean you can easily maneuver along snowy roadways. To have adequate traction on a snow-covered road, tires require at least a 6/32 inch deep tread. Even tires known as “all season” tires don’t always have great traction on snowy roads. If you live in an area that often has snow, you should use snow tires that meet tire-industry standards for snow traction. Brakes Plus can examine your tires and advise you on whether or not they are suited for snow-covered roadways.
- Know how to properly use your brakes before the snow comes. Proper use of anti-lock brakes when there’s no snow involves stomping, staying and steering. You should stomp on the brake pedal, stay hard on the brake pedal and steer around the obstacle in your way. But anti-lock brakes should be operated a little differently on snow-covered roads. After the first step of “stomping,” your anti-lock brake system begins cycling, and you will feel pulses on the brake pedal or even hear the ABS working. Then, ease up on the pedal just enough to allow the wheels to turn again. Repeat this but don’t “pump” the brake. You want the tires to grip the best grip of the road as possible.
- Drive slowly and look ahead. You should allow at least 3 times the distance you normally would allow between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake smoothly before entering a curve or turn and then release the brakes; once you are through the turn, you can then
- Learn how to control a skid. Most people tend to over steer when skidding and this can lead to serious problems. Many accidents on snow-covered roads can be avoided by proper use of the steering wheel and accelerator during a skid. Many over steer skids can be corrected by releasing the brake and gently accelerating, which transfers weight from the front to the rear wheels, allowing you to steer in the direction of the skid and get control of your vehicle again. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, do not over-accelerate because your tires will spin and you will slide. Many find it constructive to practice in a snowy, empty parking lot to become familiar with how your car will handle in the snow.
Driving in snow tips are helpful to read but they can be lifesavers when you’re actually driving in the snow. Proper tire maintenance is crucial to keeping you safe on snowy roads. Brakes Plus offers expert tire rotation and balance services to ensure your tires are in good working order for wintry weather.
Sources: A variety of sources considered to be reliable were used in the compilation of this article, including the National Safety Council and VehicleMD.
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BRAKES PLUS FRISCO ELDORADO OPENS IN FRISCO TEXAS
Brakes Plus® is excited to announce the opening of our ninth store in Dallas, Texas. Our brand new Brakes Plus® Frisco Eldorado store is located at Eldorado and Custer (16151 Eldorado Pkwy, Suite 200, Frisco, TX). We offer the latest in automotive care, state-of-the-art equipment, and a staff dedicated to customer service excellence. Come by and meet Adam and the crew, and take advantage of our grand opening specials.
Call 214-491-5787, walk in or set an appointment online! We are Open Monday – Friday 8-6, and Saturday 8-5 and offer a FREE Shuttle to work or home. For employment opportunities contact Joe Gann. Read the whole story here.
Bob M shared this Brakes Plus Customer Review via the customer service form on our website:
Peoria Deer Valley – 8380 W Deer Valley Rd - 623-362-0058
“Paul, thanks for working with me on the Upper Control Arms for my ’98 GMC Sonoma. It’s your Personal Customer Service that keeps bringing me back! Pass on my thanks to Pete & your Tech (Nate). Utmost Regards,”
Brakes Plus Omaha 168th Street will open it’s doors on Friday, October 26th! Watch your mailbox for more grand opening door buster specials. Join us for Grand Opening Specials and set your advance appointments today at 402-408-2003! Our new store will be located at 168th & Maple. In your neighborhood. In your budget.
A recent customer of our Omaha Saddle Creek Road location in Nebraska chose to share their customer experience with us via our website. Here is what they had to say in their Brakes Plus customer review:
[October 9, 2012] Omaha Saddle Creek Road – 846 N Saddle Creek Rd – 402-556-7766
“I was in this past Saturday for what I thought I needed, a coolant flush. After inspecting and asking me a few questions about my car the manager, I believe, told me I did not unless I was experiencing problems. I truly appreciate his honesty in telling me that I didn’t truly need one and that he wanted to “make money the right way” by not lying to me. I am very glad that you have genuine people working for you and I just may be back for the flush I need in the future!”
A recent customer of our Aurora Tower Rd store in Colorado chose to share their customer experience with us via our website. She said the following in her Brakes Plus customer review:
[October 8, 2012] Aurora Tower Rd – 3571 N Tower Rd – 303-307-1727
“I just wanted to take the time to tell you how much I like and appreciate Leland and his team at this store. They are always SO friendly and helpful & very honest. I have, in the past, gotten quotes from them & then checked against other places & they have always been right in line with everyone else so now, I know that I can trust that what they tell me is accurate & true. Very important to a woman when dealing with auto repair places.”
The Colorado Front Range saw its first dusting of snow last night, and it’s a good time to prepare your vehicle for winter driving. Brakes Plus can help. The National Safety Council provides some great checklists to help you prepare your vehicle for winter driving and stay safe. They recommend that you winterize your vehicle and create a vehicle emergency kit to make sure you are prepared any time mother nature unexpectedly decides to challenge us while on the road.
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Brakes Plus makes it easy to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving. Starting this month, we offer a Free Winterization Check including the following inspections:
- Check Wiper Blades
- Check Tire Pressure
- Top off Windshield Solvent
- Check Starter
- Check Alternator
- Check Water Pump
- Check Radiator
- Check Coolant Levels
- Check Battery
- Check Belts & Hoses
There’s no purchase necessary with coupon, so schedule your appointment today at Brakes Plus for a Free Winterization Check.
In addition to ensuring your car is ready for winter driving, according to NSC, you should always carry an emergency kit in your vehicle. Some of the items recommended in your winter weather vehicle emergency kit include:
- Jumper cables and a toolkit
- Blanket, warm clothes, hat and gloves
- A bag of salt, sand or non-clumping kitty litter to use for added traction when a tire is stuck
- Extra washer fluid
- Ice scraper, snow brush and shovel
- Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container
- Non-perishable, high energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy
Taking time now to ensure that you’re ready before winter weather sets in can help keep you and your family safe! Let Brakes Plus help you prepare your vehicle for winter driving so you can enjoy the winter season. Stay warm and drive safely!