It’s Still Cold Outside! Tips for Driving and Maintaining Your Subaru This WinterPosted on: 16, December, 2015
It’s still wintertime in Abbotsford! That means you need to take extra precautions when driving on slick and icy roads. It also means that you should have your Subaru serviced regularly, in order to prevent any unnecessary mishaps while you’re out on the road. When you take your vehicle to Collins Automotive in Abbotsford, you’ll know that your car is getting the best possible care – so you and your passengers can feel secure in your vehicle.
Take Your Car in for Maintenance and Repairs
One of the top tips for keeping your car “winter-ready” is to take it in for a service check. If a part needs to be replaced, you should have it done before you find yourself stranded by the side of the road. Your vehicle may need new brake pads, spark plugs, an oil filter, a hose, or a belt. If any of these items is not replaced, you could experience a temporary breakdown. This may not seem like a big issue when the weather is warm and beautiful – but when it’s freezing outdoors, getting stuck without your car could actually be dangerous.
Have the Charging System and Battery Inspected
The car battery may need to be replaced; cold temperatures sometimes wreak havoc with old car batteries. A mechanic can check that for you, as well as the charging system itself. This is an important aspect of your car that needs to function optimally in the winter, so be sure to ask your mechanic to check it for you.
Get the Tires Examined
Your car’s tires should not be neglected in the wintertime. They need to be inspected for proper pressure, so you can drive without experiencing an avoidable blowout. If you must swerve to avoid a patch of ice or implement any other type of emergency maneuver, the tires may not perform as they should if they don’t have the right amount of pressure. You might also want to have winter tires installed on your vehicle – such tires offer better traction on icy roads.
Windshield Wiper Maintenance
A clear line of vision is critical when driving conditions are challenging. This is why it is essential to have your windshield wipers replaced if they need to be. You will also want to ensure that you have enough wiper fluid available. This task sometimes gets overlooked when people do maintenance themselves, but a technician will likely replace the wipers and fill the fluid during a service check if those things need to be done. It may seem like a minor detail, but when you need to see in a snowstorm or when it’s raining, you’ll want to be able to wipe the windshield quickly and easily.
Winter driving presents its own kinds of challenges, but a well-prepared vehicle should serve you well. Always take your Subaru in for a maintenance check for the winter months. Filling out our free quote form online is the best way to get started.
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