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Inspect your vehicle before the first snow hits

Inspect your vehicle before the first snow hits

It is October already and this is when we usually get snow and colder weather. Most of us are so busy these days that we wait until the last minute to prepare our cars for these conditions. Having good tires, wiper blades, fluids, belts and hoses are very important. We all remember to make sure that ourselves and our children are prepared for the weather, but the one thing we rely on the most we neglect; our cars. Having problems seeing or staying on the road caused by poor tires and wiper blades can be scary. Getting into your car in the early morning or late evening and it won’t start can leave anyone that is relying on you stranded and usually turns into a real nightmare. Don’t wait in those long lines at the tire store for hours putting yourself in the position of not having a vehicle when you need it, call today for an appointment to have your vehicle inspected before the first snow hits. Take advantage of this month’s special. You need a Lube, Oil and Filter Service and winter inspection. A value of $59.95 for only $44.95 during the month of October. They will change your oil and filter, lube the chassis (where applicable), replace wiper blades (up to 2), inspect all fluids, tire pressure, belts and hoses and inspect the heater operation.

Safe winter driving tips

These are a few tips to help you be safe and arrive alive during the busy holidays.

Everyone should have a complete winter driving kit. AAA recommends the following: flashlight with extra batteries, flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, cell phone with extra charged batteries, first aid kit, rags, water, non-perishable foods and something to open them with, blanket and extra dry clothing, washer fluid, kitty litter or a bag of sand, ice scraper, snow brush and small shovel, as well as making sure that your vehicle is equipped with good wipers and tires. The heater should work good and the vehicle should be in good mechanical condition.

Now that your are ready for anything if you get stuck, lets talk about some things that can keep you from being delayed. If you live in a state where the weather can go from one extreme to another in a matter of hours while you are out. Before driving away in your vehicle make sure all windows are cleared of snow completely, all lights are working properly, sit in your vehicle and allow it to warm up. Do not walk away from your vehicle when it is running, someone may steal it. Once on the road, always allow a 3 second safe driving distance between you and the car in front of you. Look ahead, this may alert you of possible problems ahead and help you avoid them. If you need to use the cell phone, pull over. Keep your mind and hands free of distraction. Make sure that you are comfortable driving in the current conditions. If you are not, stay where you are or call someone to come get you. Always be courteous, even though others may not be. Give yourself enough time and follow these tips. You will get to where you are going safely. Do your part to keep the roads safe and remember Santa is watching.

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