How To Prep For A Winter Road TripDecember 16, 2020 10:51 am
2020 is almost over, and many of us are preparing for holidays, New Year’s, and other trips that we traditionally flew for, but given the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are turning to driving these distances. Unfortunately, winter weather can be extremely rough on your vehicle, and if you are planning on doing any serious driving this year, you need to make sure that your vehicle is prepared to handle the winter roads. You can easily get your vehicle ready for even the harshest winter weather in as little as a few hours with the right parts and know-how. If you would like to learn more about how you can take your car care into your own hands or want to get the best deals on the parts you need, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Here are three tips for getting your vehicle ready for a winter road trip.
Check Your Tires
Winter roads are notoriously treacherous, and if you plan on taking a longer trip, you need to make sure that your vehicle has a firm grip on the road. Your tires are extremely important to your overall traction and control on the road, and if you are driving on the incorrect or balding tires, you could be putting yourself and your passengers at serious risk of an accident. Luckily, it is extremely easy to test if your tires are still good yourself. Start by assessing where you live and the weather you expect to have throughout the winter. If you expect winter storms, heavy rain, or other nasty weather, you need to make sure that you have the right tires for the job. Your tires will have their make and model listed on the side if you’ve forgotten. Make sure that you also check your tire treads if you aren’t going to be changing them out, as balding tires can be just as dangerous as the wrong tires.
Inspect Your Brakes
If you are going to be changing out your tires, take the time while your tires are off to take a good look at your brakes. Brake pads are made out of an abrasive material that grip onto your calipers, creating the friction needed to bring your vehicle to a stop. These pads will wear down over time due to the heat and friction caused by braking. If you can see that your brake pads are starting to wear thin, you need to change them out now before you do serious damage to your calipers or lose braking power.
Change Your Oil
You should change your oil every 3-5,000 miles on average, but if you are planning to do some extensive driving this winter, you might want to change your oil before then. Your oil helps keep the moving components of your engine free of friction and heat, and if you go too long between oil changes, you could experience massive engine failure.
If you would like to learn more about how you can take your car care into your own hands, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our friendly and helpful technicians will help you find all the parts you need to handle any DIY project this winter.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling