February 16, 2016

What to Inspect on the Tires

    The winter, there are parts of the vehicle that should be inspected more often than normal. One thing to inspect are the tires. This is because the tires will lose air pressure as the temperature drops. On a regular basis, and before any long road trip, it is important to inspect the tires on your vehicle. This should include the air pressure, tread wear, and even the spare tire.   The air pressure should be at the recommended amount designated by the manufacturer. This can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual or on the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. If you are not sure how much air should be in the tires, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct amount. This can help to improve the fuel mileage as well. Tires that are poorly inflated will result in tires needing more energy and fuel used in order to rotate properly. This is because they wear unevenly because of poor air inflation. If the tires are over inflated, they will have less contact to the surface of the road. They also are more prone to pick up sharp objects on the surface of the road. Tires that are under inflated are more likely to blow out because of the way they rotate. If a tire loses air more often than other tires, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.   Inspecting the tread should also be done when looking at the tires. The tread is important because it helps to grip the surface of the road when you drive. This will allow you to have better control and stability of the vehicle. If the tread is low, it may increase the chance for poor handling on wet or slick roads. You can take a penny and place it upside down in the groove of the tread. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is too low. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tread for the tires. We can also inspect all the tires to ensure they are in the best condition possible for winter.
February 9, 2016

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February 1, 2016

Tips for Driving in the Winter

              When you drive in the winter, you will want to make sure the vehicle is in the best condition possible. If you are not sure when the vehicle should be brought in, it is recommended to contact us. This way we can provide you with a schedule that is best for you and your vehicle. We can also inspect the parts and components so they are working at top performance levels. If there is ever an issue with your vehicle, make sure to contact us as soon as possible so we can resolve it. If the problem is ignored, it can do more damage to other parts of your vehicle.   When you drive in the winter, one of the most important things to be aware of are the road conditions. Make sure that you check ahead of time to see what the pending weather and road conditions might be when you leave home and your destination. If the weather is less than ideal, you will want to make sure to drive with care and caution. When the roads are slick or snow covered, slow down the speed you are driving. It is good practice to double or triple the space you would typically be driving. This will allow you enough time to apply the brakes incase the person in front of you brakes or swerves. Do not drive at a faster speed than you feel comfortable at. By driving at a slower speed, you can control the vehicle better if you hit a patch of ice.   Make sure to inspect the tires on your vehicle. The first thing is to ensure they have the correct air pressure. Tires that are over inflated will be more prone to pick up sharp objects on the surface of the road. If the tires are under inflated, they will be more likely to blow out as you drive. Also remember to check the tread on each tire. The tread is important because it will help to grip the surface of the road as you drive. This helps you to keep control of your vehicle if the roads are slick or wet. If you notice the tread is low or uneven, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. We can inspect the tires and the tread wear on them. If the tread is wearing unevenly, having the tires rotated or aligned can be beneficial. This can help improve the longevity of the tires as well. No matter what issue your vehicle might have, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible for an inspection.