The holidays are almost over, our bellies full of turkey, ham and far too many sweets; but with that, the colder weather has finally arrived here in Southern Ontario!
With the colder weather, automotive problems that you may have been putting off to be looked at will only get worse! A breakdown, while never pleasant, can be deadly in the winter! Before you you pack up and head down that icy road, make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey.
Scheduling regular service will help you avoid the inconvenience and potential danger of having a problem (such as a flat tire or transmission failure) and you will have the peace of mind knowing that your car is as safe as possible.
Before every road trip, you should check out these items:
- Tires and tire pressure – you may need to rotate your tires or install winter tires;
- Brakes- it is critical that your braking system is functioning properly in snowy or icy road conditions;
- Hoses and belts – the cold may make them brittle, subjecting them to cracking and leaking;
- Air Filters – fresh air filters will keep your motor running smoothly;
- Wipers and Windshield – repair any chips or cracks, they only get worse with cold weather. Replace worn out wiper blades and make sure the front and rear defrosters are working properly;
- Lights – exterior and interior – Replace burned out bulbs
- Oil Change – follow your manufacturers recommended interval schedule and invest in a high quality filter;
- Fluid Levels – including windshield washer fluid, be sure that all levels of antifreeze are adequate for freezing temperatures
At VIP AutoPro, we check all these items for you when you schedule a Seasonal Maintenance Package with us. Our multi-point inspection can identify potential problems long before you may be stuck on the side of the road!
Also ask your Service Manager about the AutoPro Road Side Assistance Program!!!
An important tip: Make sure you have a roadside emergency kit in the trunk that includes a first aid kit, a tire changing jack, tire pressure gauge, jumper cables, a flashlight, water bottles, snacks and a thermal blanket! Program emergency numbers into your cell phone and don’t forget a charger!!!