- September 1, 2017
- By Auto Repair Shop Fraser 48026
- In Auto Repair Tips
- Tags Fall Auto Maintenance, tires, Winter Auto Maintenance
Before you know it, the snow is going to be flying and we are going to be dealing with ice and snow covered roads. For many Metro Detroit area natives, getting around in this weather is no big deal. However, if you are new to the area, or if you’ve come from someplace where snow and ice don’t happen, the thought of driving in it can be terrifying. The rate of accidents increases significantly in the winter and fall, often because drivers and their cars are not prepared for the conditions. If you want to get around the metro Detroit area safely this winter, here are some tips to help you prepare and be safe.
If your car isn’t ready for winter, then you are probably more likely to have wintertime driving problems. What do we mean by get your car ready? Well, some basic auto maintenance activities are a great place to start.
Make sure your tires have adequate tread, are inflated to the correct specifications for your vehicle, and your tires have been balanced. If your tread is lower than 4/23nds of an inch, it’s time to replace them. If you can, buy a set of winter tires and then a set of all season tires for the other three seasons. This way, you know you will be driving on safe wheels all winter long.
Make sure that your coolant, oil, transmission, and brake fluid levels are where they should be. This will ensure that your car has what it needs to not leave you stranded somewhere. Then, just as important, check the level of windshield washer fluid. Splash back can make driving dangerous, so be sure you can keep your windshield clean. You may even want to carry a bottle of washer fluid in your trunk.
If your wipers are a couple of years old, they probably don’t work as well as they could, so before the snow comes make sure to get a new pair of wiper blades. This easy fix can make a huge difference in your safety.
Now that your car is ready to go, here are some tips to help you be safe driving in the fall.
Whew! You’ve made it through the fall and the slick leaves and wildlife, now it’s time to get ready for that cold winter driving.
Michigan’s fall and winter don’t have to be scary times to drive. Taking the proper precautions and being mindful of the road conditions will keep you and your family safe. If you need to get your vehicle ready for winter, Car Guys Auto Center in Fraser, MI can help you with all of your vehicle maintenance needs. Call us today at (248) 285-4444 to schedule your winter car check-up.