1. Automotive safety is all too often taken for granted; a few minutes of
caution can often save lots of time on the road while avoiding a vehicle
failure – plus adding safety for you and your family. Always perform
a vehicle walk around to look for abnormalities.
2. Your first line of defense on the road is your tires. Be sure to always
Inflate, Rotate and Evaluate. Proper tire pressure will not only provide
you with better gas mileage, but will also allow the tire to run cooler-helping
while protecting the tire from damage. Rotation will provide better tire
wear, resulting in longer tire life. You should always take the time to
evaluate tread depth, condition, and side wall damage because it can save
you time on the road, resulting from a tire failure. Don't forget
to check the spare for inflation.
3. Check your windshield for any cracks or breaks, and check wiper blades
for cleaning ability. In Arizona, wiper blades will tend to rot before
they wear out. It is never fun to find out the wipers will not serve you
when you need them in a rain or dust storm.
4. Check your vitals under the hood such as: oil level, a cooling system
full of anti freeze and clear of obstructions, windshield cleaner solution
full, belts in proper order and free of cracks, and radiator hoses feel
solid and pass a visual inspection. Be sure that the battery is clean
and cables are not corroded.
5. Listen to your vehicle-in many cases you will have warnings of upcoming
problems. For example, when starting in the morning, the cranking of your
starter may sound a bit different as your battery is in a declining condition.
Brakes will often give you warning signs as the pads are approaching replacement,
prompt attention can save you many repair dollars.
6. Daylight is getting shorter, so check your headlights. Often times, over
the summer, we don't use our head lamps for months, because it is
light when we leave in the morning and when we return home at night. Be
sure you are prepared for the shorter days so you will have light when
you need it.
7. Follow your vehicle manufacturer's maintenance program; a few dollars
in maintenance today may save you many dollars in repair tomorrow. Open
that book in your glove box – it will tell you much more than you
expect about your vehicle maintenance and safety requirements.
8. Find a repair center that you trust, and allow them to check your vehicle
over on a regular basis and of course just prior to long trips. Our teams
at Community Auto Repair and Tire would love the opportunity to earn your
business. Call MyGuy for one of our Automotive Repair expertn locations
in your neighborhood.