We have experienced some extreme weather in recent months, from hurricanes to unseasonable snow. To feel more prepared for the next dose of stormy weather, take a look at these quick tips for driving in the rain.
Pay attention to the wind
Even if you drive a larger vehicle, you should stay aware of the wind. Heavy gusts can come out of nowhere. Pay attention to weather forecasts, turn down music or other media, and keep two hands firmly on the wheel. Some areas that are particularly susceptible to heavy wind will have road signs posted to warn you, so stay on the look-out!
Drive slowly but don’t crawl
Lower your speed when rain and wind start to escalate, but be aware that not everyone on the road (especially the freeway) will do the same. If you feel that visibility is so bad that you cannot safely operate your vehicle, find the safest place to pull over, put on your hazard lights, and stay in the car until the weather improves.
Make sure your lights are on
The minute you turn on your wiper blades, you should turn on your lights. This helps other cars see you when the rain might otherwise make it difficult.
Increase your following distance
When driving in the rain, make an effort to increase the space between yourself and other drivers. An extra second can be the difference between a close call and a collision.
From all of us at E-Z Way Auto, we wish you safest travels all year long.
If you are not someone who is passionate about cars, it is probably easier to take your car in for routine maintenance than get your hands dirty under the hood and risk breaking something. But, inquisitive minds still might wonder why we need to replace spark plugs, get the oil changed, etc. We at E-Z Way Auto Sales hope to shed light on some of those topics. We’ll start with an easy one: why you should get your car’s tires rotated.
Tire rotations should go hand-in-hand with every oil change—or at least every other. A good rule of thumb is every 5,000 miles. Why should they be rotated and at this frequency?
Tire rotations are all about the longevity of your tires. By the nature of the way you drive, your front tires will wear differently from your rear tires (and left vs. right). By regularly rotating them, you are ensuring the even wear of your tires. Doing so will keep them on the road longer and keep you safer behind the wheel.
Rotating the tires yourself is possible, though not recommended. You’ll need tools like an impact wrench, a torque wrench, a jack stand, and a hydraulic floor jack—plus the know-how. Because of that, it is recommended that you bring your car in to service departments like Tech 3 Automotive for routine maintenance. If it’s been a while since you’ve had the tires rotated, call them to schedule an appointment.
Servicing a new car is crucial to keeping it looking better and lasting longer, so make sure you stay on top of the maintenance schedule and address these needs.
Check Oil Level and Quality Each Month
Most modern vehicles only need oil changes every 5,000 miles or so, but it’s still a good idea to check the actual level and quality of the oil at least once a month to make sure there are no leak and the oil isn’t too dirty.
Keep Up with Tire Pressure
Improperly inflated tires can lead to a whole host of problems, from reduced fuel economy to uneven tread wear. Make sure you break out the pressure gauge regularly and keep your tires inflated.
Wash Your Vehicle Regularly
Washing your vehicle doesn’t just keep it looking nice. The accumulation of dirt and grime can cause lasting wear-and-tear, especially if you live in an area where salt accumulates on the undercarriage in the wintertime.
Have Routine Inspections Every Oil Change
Whenever you go in to have the oil changed, you should have a professional look over your vehicle. Things like checking battery charge, inspecting brakes, checking fluids, changing filters, and other routine maintenance should be performed regularly.
Follow these simple guidelines for servicing a new car to keep it in like-new condition longer. Here at E-Z Way Auto Sales, we inspect every vehicle before we put it on the lot to sell to you. Check us out today!
Need to do some winter car prep to stay safe in the colder months? Here are some suggestions.
Keep a Winter Emergency Kit On Hand
Inevitably, winter emergencies happen. No matter how much you service and maintain your vehicle in advance, it doesn’t hurt to have some supplies on hand, like blankets, a flashlight, and water bottles.
Check the Tires Regularly
Properly inflated tires get better traction, which means better grip on icy roads. Additionally, make sure your tread isn’t too worn down.
Maintain Coolant and Oil
Oil changes are always a given, so make sure you’re flushing it on schedule. The coolant helps maintain engine temperature, so keep an eye on that, too.
Make Sure the Heat Works
You might try to skip on paying up for repairing a broken HVAC system, but in a harsh winter, heat isn’t just a luxury, it’s crucial to your safety. The HVAC system runs your defroster, too, so make sure your heat works properly.
Switch to a Winter Wiper Fluid
Road salt, ice, and snow get grime all over your windshield, which makes windshield wiper fluid crucial to maintaining visibility. Switch to a winter-grade fluid so it doesn’t freeze.
If you need any help on winter car prep, don’t hesitate to call our Sales team at E-Z Way Auto Sales on more suggestions.