While the first winter weather has already hit, it is important to make sure that your car is ready throughout the season. This means making sure that maintenance is done, an emergency kit is in place for worst case scenarios and what many drivers in Pennsylvania forget: knowing how one’s car, truck or SUV will handle no matter what kind of curveball inclement weather throws at drivers. Along with taking care of tires and scheduled maintenance at a collision center in Doylestown, here are some additional tips that should help ease the hassle of driving in winter.
Scheduled Maintenance for Winter Weather
It may not seem like a big deal, but making sure that you keep up with scheduled maintenance and get an inspection at a collision center in Bucks County can make a big difference in making it through slushy roads without issue.
Most scheduled maintenance includes an oil change, a check of fluids, battery testing and testing tire tread depth and wear patterns. An oil change keeps the engine working as well as it should which limits the potential for a breakdown as old oil gums up an engine. The fluids include brake lines, antifreeze and in some cases transmission fluid. The last thing that a driver on Routes 611 or 32 wants to find out is that water has contaminated the brake fluid and it is harder to stop. Similarly, making sure that the battery has enough of a charge to crank over the engine on a cold day can make the difference between being stranded or not.
Tires may make the most important difference in how your car handles when roads are in less-than-immaculate condition. If you make a fist, that is about the amount of rubber that is in contact with the road for each wheel. Maintaining proper inflation is critical, and some drivers who have sportier cars may also want to consider moving from a summer tire to one with more tread depth. Having an experienced mechanic take a look at alignment and tire quality is a key step in ensuring winter driving safety.
Emergency Road Kits