Auto Repair Mint Hill, Winter Safety Driving Tips

Auto Repair Mint Hill, Winter Safety Driving Tips

As the seasons change so do driving conditions.  Here in North Carolina we can experience ice and snow and if you are not experienced with these conditions it can make for treacherous driving.  There are other concerns as well that impact your car when the temperature drops like coolant levels, heating systems, tires,  tire pressure and the like.  Poor vehicle maintenance is responsible for 5% of road accidents according to  the Car Care Council which can cause many drivers to have to turn around and return home or to the shop due to car trouble.  And the cost of not performing a winter maintenance check can go beyond the cost of the actual repairs or maintenance, for instance if you have to have your car towed back to the shop or get a rental to get you by until your car is repaired, it adds to  the cost.

Here are some Winter Safety Driving Tips:

  • If you are taking a road trip to visit family for the holidays, make sure you are well rested and plan for breaks along the way.
  • Inspect Tires and Tire Pressure regularly
  • Check the oil along with all fluid levels
  • Inspect wiper blades and refill the washer fluid
  • Check lights, headlights, signals and hazard lights
  • Have your battery tested
  • Carry a car safety kit that includes, first aid kit, fully charged cell phone, flashlight, blanket, flares, water, ice scraper, equipment to change a tire
  • Make sure your car is up to date with all its required maintenance, this should reduce the chance of a breakdown.  If you are getting ready to take an extended trip for the holidays and bring your car in for a routine service, tell Ken so he can make sure the technicians perform a thorough trip check before you go.

Performing routine car maintenance is meant to prolong the life of your vehicle and hopefully avoid major problems that can leave you stuck on the side of the road.  Setting up a schedule with a reputable auto repair facility can take the headache out of remembering when to do what and keep you on track.  If you have concerns about  preventative maintenance, don’t hesitate to stop by and have Ken take a look at it.

If you are looking for top quality auto repair in Mint Hill or South Charlotte area, please stop by Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill or give us a call at 704-545-4597.

Ken Manchester