With winter weather in full swing, you may encounter icy roads on your drives. As such, it’s important to be prepared and know how to react if your vehicle slides on ice.
Ignore the instinct to brake
If your vehicle begins sliding on ice, the most important thing to do is to avoid hitting the brakes since braking can make the situation more dangerous. Instead, to slow down your vehicle, remove your foot from the accelerator entirely.
Steer with care
You may feel compelled to quickly turn the steering wheel when your vehicle starts to slide. However, doing so can cause you to spin out. You should make sure to only turn your vehicle slowly and carefully when necessary.
Steer in the right direction
It’s imperative that you gently steer your vehicle in the right direction when sliding. If your front wheels have lost traction, avoid steering or accelerating until the vehicle slows down. If your rear wheels are at fault, gain control of your vehicle by turning the wheel in the same direction that you are sliding in.
We at Sharon Chevrolet hope you stay safe when driving this winter. Stop by our service department for seasonal maintenance to ensure your vehicle is equipped to handle winter weather.
Now that fall is here, it’s time to prepare your car for the cold months to come. Following these tips for autumn auto service will help ensure your vehicle is functioning properly and reduce your stress when winter arrives.
Replace your windshield wipers
If you haven’t replaced your windshield wipers in several months, fall is a good time to get new ones. Consider investing in rubber-clad blades that can stand up to rough winter conditions.
Check your battery
Don’t get stuck on the side of the road with a dead battery this winter. Instead, have your battery tested, clean the posts and connections, and make sure cables are tightly connected this fall season.
Inspect your tires
If your tires are wearing down, you should replace them now before you need them to navigate ice and snow. Also, make sure you’re maintaining the recommended pressure and getting scheduled rotations. You may even want to consider switching to winter tires.
Stock your emergency kit
Make sure your vehicle contains the items you would need in a winter emergency. Blankets, extra gloves and boots, flares, a flashlight and a shovel are just a few of the items you should keep in your trunk.
Catch up on major repairs
Consider getting any repairs you’ve been putting off. Addressing these now is better than breaking down in the middle of winter.
Ready to catch up on service? Bring your ride to Sharon Chevrolet this fall, and we’ll help you prepare for the autumn season
If you want your vehicle to transition from winter to spring without a problem, it’s important to provide seasonal service to your vehicle. These spring maintenance tips will help your auto run safely and efficiently.
Whether you have your vehicle’s oil changed by a professional or whether you learn to do it yourself, it’s important to perform this maintenance step regularly. Your owner’s manual will tell you how frequently your specific model needs this service.
You can expect plenty of rain showers in the spring, which means it’s important to have a good set of wiper blades on your vehicle. New wiper blades are inexpensive and easy to change, and can make a huge difference in visibility when driving in the rain.
Tires go through a lot during the winter, as they regularly encounter snow, ice, and potholes. Check the tires on your vehicle to ensure there’s no damage — like cracks or bulges — and have them replaced if need be.
After a long winter, it’s important to give your vehicle an overall checkup or to have a professional inspect the under-the-hood area. Look at fluid levels, check the condition of the filters, and make sure that the hoses and belts are still in good condition.
Contact us at Sharon Chevrolet to set up a spring maintenance appointment for your ride. It’s the easiest way to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape as we head into a new season.
Now that winter is finally behind us, we can start looking ahead to warm weather and planning our spring and summer getaways. Such planning should include some car maintenance goals. These spring service tips will guide you in prepping your vehicle for the new season.
Consult the Owner’s Manual
Since no two models are exactly the same, your vehicle’s service needs are specified exactly in the owner’s manual. Here you can find the recommended service schedules for things like oil changes and belt replacement.
Get Minor Problems Fixed Now
Have you noticed that your car’s air conditioning and heating system seems to be running poorly? Or maybe you’ve found that your vehicle doesn’t always start smoothly and confidently, or that it’s making a strange noise sometimes when idling. The extreme heat that’s on its way with summer is likely to make any current problems even worse. Stay proactive and bring your vehicle into Sharon Chevrolet ASAP to resolve potential issues now before they become more costly.
Stock Wiper Fluid
Though the days of road salt may be gone for now, spring and summer bring their own forms of road debris like dust and bugs. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition, and that your vehicle is well-stocked on wiper fluid.
If you have any maintenance questions or need to set up a spring upkeep appointment with one of our certified technicians, give us a call at Sharon Chevrolet.