We are always happy when winter is over, and spring is on its way. Frozen conditions, slush, salt, and cold temperatures take a toll on everything from your vehicle’s tires to its wiper blades. So, get your car ready for spring by giving it a thorough once-over to undo winter’s damage. Make sure your car is in road-ready condition with car maintenance in Brevard, NC, from Jiffy Lube of Hendersonville & Brevard. Some of the steps to take to get your vehicle ready for spring include the following:
Inspect Hoses, Belts, Gaskets, & Seals
It’s important to check for issues like cracked hoses and belts because rubber parts can dry out quickly. Also, be sure that components like gaskets and seals are checked for possible leaks.
Have the tread life and the quality of the rubber checked on your tires. Rubber breaks down over time and needs to be replaced. Also, check to ensure there’s enough air pressure in each tire.
Wash the Vehicle’s Underbody
Driving in the winter coats the bottom of your car with salt, sand, and other grime that can cause corrosion. Corrosion leads to rust problems, which can make your car hard to resell or even dangerous to drive.
Replace Wiper Blades
In the winter, wiper blades work hard. That’s why they should be changed each spring and fall.
Winter brings unpredictable weather and potentially hazardous road conditions. That’s why it makes sense to prepare your car for any road condition with car maintenance in Brevard, NC, from Jiffy Lube of Hendersonville & Brevard. Regular inspections keep your vehicle safe on the road, which helps you avoid costly repairs in the future. Throughout the year we prepare our customers for the roads in our Western North Carolina towns, so we always consider extreme road conditions. Whenever you’re driving on a daily basis, be sure your vehicle can handle all of the following conditions:
Heavy storms can create unsafe road conditions. In addition to reduced visibility from rain and fog, wet roads impact traction—in fact, 30% of accidents in which cares run off the road are caused by wet roads. You don’t want to risk hydroplaning, which can make rain one of the most dangerous conditions for driving. Some of the ways to increase your safety while driving in hazardous conditions include:
- Prepare: Be sure that your headlights are easily seen by other drivers in such conditions as rain, mist, and fog. Be sure that your AC, defroster, and wipers are working properly to improve your visibility during rainstorms.
When ice is hidden underneath the visible surface on the road, it is known as “black ice.” It increases the chance of an accident and accumulates on bridges, overpasses, and tunnels.
- Prepare: Make sure your tires can give your vehicle enough traction to handle slick roads, and that your brakes will stop your vehicle safely.
You also want to pay attention to mud because thick mud on a slick road can impair your vehicle’s ability to stop and even makes it difficult to steer. After a heavy rain or snow, unpaved country roads are especially treacherous.
- Prepare: You want to be confident that your alignment has been checked and corrected to avoid damage to your wheels and tires. Drive slowly and avoid muddy back roads when possible.
As we stated in “Helpful Tips to Avoid Holiday Traffic, Part 1,” it is essential to become familiar with the street names, exit numbers, and alternative routes before heading out. For example, when you’re traveling on a congested highway and know your exit is coming up, you can think ahead and not wait until the last minute to merge. It’s thought that merging at the last minute is the cause of around 40% of traffic congestion.
Breakdowns and accidents cause a lot of traffic jams. Stop by Jiffy Lube for an inspection and an oil change in Brevard, NC, before you hit the road for the holidays. That way any threatening issues can be addressed before your road trip.
Use Traffic Apps
Before you head out, check your favorite source for traffic updates. Google shows real-time traffic conditions, and there are a variety of apps and websites (along with radio stations) that provide current traffic reports. Plan alternative routes as needed.
Check the Weather
Rain and snow often contribute to traffic delays. Consider the forecast and plan accordingly. You may need to allow for extra time if rain or snow is predicted.
Prior to long trips, make sure your emergency kit is stocked and packed in your vehicle. Check the tire pressure in your spare tire and make sure your jack, lug nut wrench, and tools are in place. A quick check will confirm that you are prepared to handle a flat tire or other auto emergency on the road.