5 Back to School Car Care Tips

When it is back to school time, there are a lot of things you need to get ready for the new school year.

You need school supplies, new school clothes for the kids, and you need to get the car ready for those daily trips to drop the kids off at school.

Getting the car ready may not be the first thing that comes to mind but it is definitely important to help ensure your kids get to school safely.

The Car Care Council and AutoNetTV have created a video to promote tips for getting your car ready for safe travel to school.

 

Back to School Car Care Tips Video

 

Back to School Car Care Tips

  • Check lights and wipers for visibility. With shorter days and inclement weather ahead, make sure lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be seen. Check wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if necessary.
  • Get an annual brake inspection. The braking system is your car’s most important safety feature. Before carpool season gets in full swing, make sure that your brakes are functioning properly. Schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs that your vehicle may need brake service, such as an illuminated brake light or screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
  • Check tires for under inflation or excessive wear. Check tire pressure and refill underinflated tires, including the spare, and look for uneven wear and check tread depth.
  • Make sure everyone is buckled up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website has important tips on seat belt fit and position. For the younger ones riding along, the site has information about how to install car seats as well as guidelines on selecting a car seat or booster based on your child’s age and size.
  • Consider a back-up detection device. Consider having a back-up detection device installed that provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse. While drivers should not rely solely on these devices, they can help to reduce the risk of back-over incidents along with following other prevention tips from NHTSA.

 

Video and information from the Car Care Council

 

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How To Prepare Your Car for Spring

Spring flowers

In this post, we review what you should do to get your car ready for spring so it is running at it’s best and protect it from future damage.

When the ice and snow have finally melted (FINALLY!) then it is time to get your care ready for spring.

The weather is going to change, the long winter is over, and your car needs some special care to run at it’s best.

Spring cleaning is an important tradition for your home, but it’s also good for your car too. It’s part of an important process getting your car ready for spring and summer that can help keep your car running at it’s best later on.

Here is what we think you should know about getting your car ready for spring weather:

 

Getting your car ready for spring

Wash your car

You can start your spring cleaning by making sure your car gets a good wash to remove all that salt from the winter.

It’s always good for your car to stay clean but that winter salt and grime can really build up on the underside of your vehicle and contribute to rusting and damaging your car.

Here are the DMV’s recommendations to keep your car clean from salt.

View from the rainy windowReplace your wiper blades

We know that spring means plenty of rain. Are your car’s wiper blades ready to keep you safe?

When was the lasts time you changed your wiper blades? They should be changed every year, and sometimes even twice a year.

Make sure your wiper blades are ready to protect you during harsh rainy conditions in the spring and summer.

 

Check your brakes

Rough winter roads and weather can really take a toll on your car’s brakes. They have to deal with extreme cold, ice and salt all winter long. This can start to wear them out and make them less effective.

Take a close listen to see if your brakes are sounding a little noisier than they did last summer. If they’re starting to sound a little scratchy, it’s time to get them checked.

Related: Even in Spring There Can Be Dangerous Driving Conditions

 

Check your alignment

Checking your alignment is simple to do yourself. You can check alignment by carefully watching to see how your car veers to one side or the other. Center the alignment while your driving at a moderate speed, then watch to see if it veers out of the center and to one side. Hitting a pothole in the center can cause your alignment to become crooked.

Getting your alignment fixed can not only make your car safer but can keep your tires from wearing out sooner.

 

Check your tires

Make sure to check your tire pressure. The extreme temperatures of winter can deflate your tires and you may not realize that they are running low on air. Make sure they are inflated to the correct pressure so that you can drive safely and get the best possible gas mileage.

If you are someone who puts on snow tires for the winter, then it’s time to swap them out for your all-season tires. They will wear down more quickly if you drive them in the summer.

Check your tires for worn tread and make sure to replace your tires if it has become too worn.

 

Check Engine Light

Check your fluid levels

Making sure your car’s fluids are all topped off is an important part of getting your car ready for spring.

Make sure to check your engine coolant so it is at the right level and helps maintain your car’s engine temperature at the proper level.

Check your windshield wiper fluid, because it tends to get used up during the messy winter conditions.

And while everything is being checked, don’t forget to check your brake fluid and engine oil too. They need to be topped off so that your car isn’t damaged by being too low.

Related: Spring car maintenance checklist

 

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Even in Spring There Can Be Dangerous Driving Conditions

View from the rainy window

In this post, we discuss dangerous driving conditions in the spring and what you need to do to drive safely.

Driving can be dangerous in the winter sometimes, we all know that and hopefully we’re driving accordingly during harsh conditions, or even staying home during a blizzard or ice storm.

Once spring rolls around, we can start to roll down the windows in our car and breathing some fresh air again.

We can even stop worrying about the weather and driving conditions so much. Or can we?

The fact is, driving conditions in the spring can still be dangerous sometimes.

It might not be snowing but you will still have to drive carefully, otherwise, you might find yourself at the auto body repair shop getting auto dent removal service, or even worse, at the doctor.

Let’s review when you should be driving with extra caution in the spring:

 

Reasons Why Driving in Spring Can Be Dangerous

    • Wildlife activity
    • Seasonal allergies
    • Potholes and damage to roads
    • Bikes and pedestrians
    • Underinflated tires
    • Motorcycles
    • Hailstorms
    • Speeding
    • Heavy Rain
    • Worn wiper blades

 

Wildlife activity

When winter is over, many animals start becoming much more active. For many animals, the mating season begins in March, and animals on the prowl for a partner can behave unpredictably. There will be more raccoons, skunks, opossums out that there has been in months, as well as the deer becoming more active. Drive cautiously, especially at dusk.

Related: Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer with Your Car

 

Seasonal allergies

A lot of people will suffer from allergies at some point during the summer months, experiencing runny noses, itchy eyes, and scratchy throats. Because of this, they will take allergy medications, many of which can cause drowsiness as a side effect. Please make sure you take any medications according to the directions and if drowsiness is a side effect, don’t take it if you’re going to be driving.

 

Potholes and damage to roads

If you live in Chicagoland, you know that winter weather can cause a lot of damage to the roadways. Cold weather, ice, severe changes in temperature, melting and freezing cause cracks to turn into potholes, sometimes very quickly. Driving over a big pothole can sometimes cause serious damage to tires, steering, and suspension. Take care to avoid them when you can.

 

Bikes and pedestrians

Some people ride their bikes year round but many others put them away for the winter. When the weather gets nicer you will see a lot more bikes on the road again, as well as more pedestrians out and about. People on foot or bike can behave erratically sometimes and so you should be alert for them and give them plenty of space and right of way.

 

Underinflated tires

The extreme temperatures of winter can affect tire pressure, so every driver should check their tire pressure in the spring, or even before then. Underinflated tires can cause vehicle handling problems and speed up tire tread wear.

 

Motorcycles

Warmer weather brings vehicles back out onto the roads that may have been hiding all winter: motorcycles. Please watch for motorcycles when you are on the road, don’t follow them too closely and give them plenty of room when you pass them.

 

Hailstorms

Spring is the most common time of the year for hailstorms. Large hail has been known to crack windshields. A hailstorm can create some tense driving situation and really hurt your visibility. Drive carefully in this weather and pull over if you need to.

 

Speeding

When the warm weather comes, people just seem to drive faster. People can also drive less cautiously. Be careful not to drive too fast for conditions or to not have enough time to react to bikes and pedestrians. Rain can also create slippery roadways and a big puddle on the road can be quite dangerous when hit at high speed

 

Heavy Rain

Heavy rainfall is a part of spring in this region. This means wet pavement and sometimes large puddles of water. Pavement that has oil residue can be dangerous and cause your car to hydroplane. According to the Federal Highway Administration, almost half of all weather-related accidents occur while it’s raining. Rain can be more dangerous than we realize. Make sure your tires have good tread, drive with headlights on, and lower your speed.

 

Worn wiper blades

Winter ice and snow can damage your wiper blades over the course of a harsh winter. Wiper blades usually should be changed every year, and spring is a good time to do it. New blades can make a big difference when you find yourself driving through a spring downpour.

 

Please drive safe out there, no matter what season it is!

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Takata Air Bag Recall Update

takata air bag recall update

 

In this post, we update you on the current status of the Takata Air Bag Recall as it stands for the beginning of 2019. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Independent Takata Monitor have released a progress report on the state of the Takata airbag recalls detailing information related to this important safety recall.

Updated information about the number of vehicles affected, what the air bag recall is and what you should do is below.

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Current Status of Recall – January 2019

The priority in 2018 has been to repair or replace parts for older Takata air bags, which are the most dangerous to vehicle owners while working to replace all recalled airbags.

The coordinated recall airbag replacement program schedule prioritizes the repairs into risk-based groups across 19 vehicle manufacturers.

Roughly 37 million vehicles equipped with 50 million defective Takata air bags are currently under recall.

Average recall repair rates across all manufacturers increased by 30% in the calendar year 2018. The number of unrepaired vehicles in Priority Groups 1–3 (the oldest vehicles in the highest-risk areas) has been cut in half in one year.

Replacing the airbags in the oldest vehicles has been top priority, but the challenge has been that older vehicles have much lower recall repair rates than newer vehicles. The most dangerous airbags are unfortunately most likely to NOT be replaced.

To help encourage recall repairs, there has been an outreach program to dealers, DMVs, independent repair facilities, insurers, auction houses, and used car dealers to help spread the word to their customers and all vehicle owners.

 


Important Alert!If you have not checked if your vehicle airbag has been recalled, we urge you to check immediately!

>> CHECK NOW: Recalls Look-up Tool


 

What is the Takata Air Bag Recall?

Tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. The airbags need to be replaced because the air bags may explode due to long-term exposure to high heat and humidity.

These explosions put vehicle owners and passengers at risk because the explosions have been documented to cause injuries and deaths.

NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.

View list of affected vehicles

 

 

What You Should Do

All vehicle owners should:

  • Check for Recalls using your vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Get the Fix by calling your local dealer; it will be repaired for free.
  • Sign Up for Recall Alerts about any future recall affecting your vehicle.

 

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Holiday Car Travel Tips

Be safe. Drive smart.

Be safe. Drive smart.In this post, we share holiday car travel and safety tips from the NHTSA and the Car Care Council to help keep you and your family safe.

For many people, the holiday season means a road trip to visit family for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tens of millions of Americans will be taking car trips during the holiday season.

A downside to this is that more cars on the road mean more opportunities for car accidents. Not only are there more cars but there can be unpredictable and extreme weather conditions.

You can’t control the weather or the traffic but you can make sure that your car is fully prepared for the trip.

The non-profit Car Care Council advises checking the following items as part of your pre-trip safety vehicle check.

 

Car safety check for the holidays

  • Wear seat beltsCheck your brakes and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  • Check your filters and fluids: engine oil, power steering, brake fluid,  transmission fluid, windshield washer solvent, antifreeze/coolant.
  • Make sure your heaters, defrosters, and windshield wipers are working. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months.
  • Check your hoses and belts that can and make sure they are not loose, cracked, brittle, frayed or show excessive wear.
  • Check your tire pressure and tread. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check that your exterior and interior lights and headlights are all working.
  • Check how long it has been since your last tune-up and oil change and have it serviced if it is close to being due.

Related: Winter checklist for your car

 

Holiday driving tips

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has offered the following safe driving tips for the holiday season.

  • Don't text and driveTravel at a safe speed – Drive at the speed limit, unless weather or road conditions make it so that you should drive slower. Driving at the speed limit when there is snow on the road can sometimes be too fast. Drive safely in work zones and use caution driving at night.
  • Don’t drive distracted – No texting while driving and keep your eyes on the road.
  • Wear a seatbelt – Wearing your seat belt increases your chance of surviving a crash. In 2017 alone, seat belts saved 14,955 lives. If everyone had worn seat belts on every trip that year, 2,549 more lives could have been saved.
  • Make sure children are always buckled or secured in age-appropriate car seats. Since 1975, 11,606 children ages 4 and under have been saved by child restraints. There were 325 children saved in 2017 alone.
  • Drive Sober – It’s the law! It can also be a matter of life and death. Designate a sober driver if you plan on drinking. In 2017, there were 10,874 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers legally drunk. These unfortunate deaths are entirely preventable.

Related: How to avoid winter car breakdowns

 


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You Can Be Liable for an Unsafe Vehicle

Unsafe vehicle

Unfortunately, over 2 million people in the USA are injured in car accidents every year.

Car accidents are most commonly caused by driver error. Sometimes though, accidents may be caused by an unsafe vehicle

If your car is in poor condition, you can be held liable and at fault for damage caused in an auto accident.

In this post, we’ll discuss how a poorly maintained or unsafe vehicle could cause you to be at fault, making you legally liable in an accident.

 

When You Are Liable for an Unsafe Car

You’ll be legally at fault in the following situations. These are all cases when you can be considered negligent by driving an unsafe vehicle.

 

You Don’t Maintain Your Car

Time for a spring check upIf you fail to maintain the safety of your car by getting it checked and repaired regularly, you may be deemed negligent. As a result, you’ll be legally liable for any damages.

Drivers and car owners have a “duty of reasonable care”.

This means that they are obligated to take steps to avoid harming or endangering other people. Failure to maintain a car falls under this umbrella.

Those involved in an accident can hire a personal injury lawyer to make a case against you.

Make sure that your brakes, lights, tires, and steering wheel are all in good working order. These are some of the most dangerous things to ignore on your car.

 

When You Let Someone Else Drive

You don’t need to be driving your car to be liable for damages.

If you let someone borrow your car, you could be held responsible for their actions while they’re driving your vehicle.

If you own a vehicle for business use, you can be held responsible for any accidents caused by employees who drive it.

You may also be liable if you are the owner of a family car, and a family member is involved in an accident while driving.

 

If there is ‘Negligent Entrustment’

Dog driving a carNegligent entrustment means that you allow a ‘reckless’, ‘unfit’, or ‘incompetent’ driver use your car.

If they cause an accident, you could be liable for any damages. This is not only because you have a dangerous car, but also because you’ve let a dangerous driver use it.

This would apply to the following types of people:

  • Underage drivers
  • Unlicensed drivers
  • Inexperienced drivers

Allowing someone who is too young to legally drive or doesn’t have a license to drive your car unsupervised is negligent entrustment.

 

Elderly Drivers

This applies to elderly individuals who would be deemed unfit to drive due to slow reaction times, sight problems, or other issues as a result of their age.

 

Intoxicated Drivers

If you allow someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol to drive your car, you could be liable. This could also apply if the individual is sober but likely to become intoxicated while using your car. An example of this would be if you loan your car to someone with a known addiction or history of substance abuse.

 

Reckless Drivers

This may apply when you allow someone with a history of reckless driving to drive your car.

 

Keep Your Car Safe

It’s important to keep your car in tip-top condition. Regular maintenance will not only ensure that it’s roadworthy but could also help keep you legally protected.

 

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Takata Airbag Recall

Takata Airbag Recall

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AIRBAG RECALL AFFECTS MILLIONS OF CARS

Have you heard about the massive airbag recall for vehicles which contain a certain model of Takata airbags?

The recall of Takata airbags recently expanded to include an additional 3.3 million faulty airbag inflators, making it now the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

This is a serious issue that affected millions of cars. At least 20 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 injured.

19 automakers have recalled up to 69 million inflators in 42 million vehicles. The problem brought a criminal conviction and fine against Takata and forced the Japanese company Talata into bankruptcy protection.

What you might not know is that the oldest of these airbags, referred to as “Alphas,” pose a 50 percent risk of a type of failure that has caused serious injuries and deaths. Nine of the 15 confirmed U.S. fatalities due to Takata ruptures were Alpha airbags.

While the majority of these airbags have been replaced, thousands are still on the road.

If you are unsure about the status and safety of your airbag, please contact us at (815) 485-8411. We are experienced in airbag replacement and repair.

 

What’s wrong with your airbag?

“All recalled Takata airbags have a serious safety defect. Exposure to high heat and humidity over time can cause metal parts inside the airbag to explode and shoot out of the airbag at the driver or passengers.

Testing shows that older airbags in places with hot and humid weather are more likely to have an airbag that could explode. Some airbags are not currently dangerous but will need to be replaced in the future.

Many are not safe right now and must be replaced immediately.”

Information from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

What vehicles are affected by the airbag recall?

BMW

  • 2008-13 1 Series
  • 2000-13 3 Series
  • 2002-03 5 Series
  • 2011-15 X1
  • 2007-10 X3
  • 2003-13 X5
  • 2008-14 X6
  • 2010-11 X6 Hybrid

Chrystler – Fiat

  • 2005-15 Chrysler 300
  • 2007-09 Chrysler Aspen
  • 2007-08 Chrysler Crossfire
  • 2008-14 Dodge Challenger
  • 2006-15 Dodge Dakota
  • 2005-11 Dodge Dakota
  • 2004-09 Dodge Durango
  • 2005-08 Dodge Magnum
  • 2003-08 Dodge Ram 1500
  • 2003-09 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2003-10 Dodge Ram 3500
  • 2007-16 Jeep Wrangler

Ferrari

  • 2010-15 458 Italia
  • 2014-15 458 Speciale
  • 2015 458 Speciale A
  • 2012-15 458 Spider
  • 2016-17 488 GTB
  • 2016-17 488 Spider
  • 2009-14 California
  • 2015-17 California T
  • 2013-17 F12
  • 2016-17 F12 TDF
  • 2016 F60
  • 2012-16 FF
  • 2017 GTC4Lusso

Ford – Lincoln

  • 2007-10 Ford Edge
  • 2006-12 Ford Fusion
  • 2005-06 Ford GT
  • 2005-14 Ford Mustang
  • 2004-11 Ford Ranger
  • 2007-10 Lincoln MKX
  • 2006-12 Lincoln Zephyr/MKX
  • 2006-11 Mercury Milan

GM – Cadillac – Saab

  • 2007-14 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2007-14 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2007-13 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • 2007-14 Chevrolet Silverado heavy-duty
  • 2007-13 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2007-14 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2007-14 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2007-14 GMC Sierra heavy-duty
  • 2007-13 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2007-14 GMC Yukon
  • 2007-14 GMC Yukon XL
  • 2003-10 Pontiac Vibe
  • 2005-06 Saab 9-2X
  • 2006-11 Saab 9-3
  • 2006-09 Saab 9-5
  • 2008-09 Saturn Astra

Honda – Acura

  • 2003 Acura 3.2CL
  • 2002-03 Acura 3.2TL
  • 2013-16 Acura ILX
  • 2013-14 Acura ILX Hybrid
  • 2003-06 Acura MDX
  • 2007-16 Acura RDX
  • 2005-12 Acura RL
  • 2009-14 Acura TL
  • 2009-14 Acura TSX
  • 2010-13 Acura ZDX
  • 2001-12 Honda Accord
  • 2001-11 Honda Civic
  • 2003-11 Honda Civic Hybrid
  • 2001-11 Honda Civic NGV
  • 2010-15 Honda Crosstour
  • 2002-11 Honda CR-V
  • 2011-15 Honda CR-Z
  • 2003-11 Honda Element
  • 2010-14 Honda FX Clarity
  • 2007-13 Honda Fit
  • 2013-14 Honda Fit EV
  • 2010-14 Honda Insight
  • 2002-04 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003-15 Honda Pilot
  • 2006-14 Honda Ridgeline

Jaguar – Landrover

  • 2009-15 Jaguar XF
  • 2007-12 Land Rover Range Rover

Mazda

  • 2004-09 B-Series
  • 2007-12 CX-7
  • 2007-15 CX-9
  • 2003-11 Mazda6
  • 2006-07 Mazdaspeed6
  • 2004-06 MPV
  • 2004-11 RX-8

Mercedes-Benz

  • 2010-17 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • 2005-14 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 2010-11 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • 2011-17 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet
  • 2010-17 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe
  • 2009-12 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • 2010-15 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • 2009-10 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
  • 2009-12 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
  • 2007-08 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
  • 2011-15 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class
  • 2007-09 Dodge Sprinter
  • 2007-17 Freightliner Sprinter

Vehicle recall information is from cars.com. Please contact your vehicle manufacturer for the most up-to-date information.

 

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How to Avoid Winter Breakdowns

                             How to Avoid Winter Breakdowns

Winter is the hardest time for all of us when it comes to health or vehicles. As the changes in season are predictable, so are the breakdowns of the car.

It is always a clever idea to prepare yourself to avoid the winter breakdowns.

 

Avoid dead car battery

Nothing spoils a day quicker than a dead car battery. No matter how expensive your ride, it still has a lead-acid battery under the hood. The average lifespan of the car battery is around 4 to 5 years. It’s always good to get them tested. The test is cheap and most of the shops complete the load test on your battery at no cost.

It’s also easy to discharge a good battery in normal winter driving; if you’re stuck in slow traffic during a short run on a freezing day, you can run a battery down with excessive use of electrical accessories combined with lower engine speeds. If you are a daily traveler you can give your battery a fighting chance by turning off the accessories for the last few miles before turning it off for the rest of the day.

 

Flooded engine

There are vehicles that come with independent ignition coils on the spark plug that are not as prone to cold weather failures. But there are also some cars that face problems during every winter. When the spark plug is worn their electric supply cables become deteriorated, that makes it easy for the injected engines to flood in the cold start. To be safe it is required to check the system in every 100 miles and maintenance is required.

 

Related Post: Winter checklist 

 

Frozen Doors/locks/ windows:

If you ever bought silicone spray you can save it for the winters and use it to protect your doors, windows, and locks before they freeze. When the temperature is hot during the winters, you can apply that silicone spray on the door locks and windows. Don’t try to substitute just any lubricating spray for these jobs. If there are any oil compounds in the spray they will deteriorate rubber weather-seals and certain plastics faster.

 

Flat Tires:

If your car is older than six years that means your tire needs inspections since you can be driving the leaky wheel rims. The alloys can create some leaks as the time passes and because of the leaks, the tire rubbers can seal. The minor leaks in the warm weather can be risky in the chilly weather. An effortless way to test your wheels is to wipe a sudsy wet wash-mitt on the rim’s edge (where the rubber meets the metal) and look for bubbles caused by escaping air. Applying the coats on the wheel can keep the leak away.

 

 

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Tire Pressure in Winter

Tire Pressure in Winter

 

It important to remember to check the tire pressure this winter before driving so you have a safe journey and optimal tire performance.

 

Here are some strategies to make sure that the tire pressure is perfect for driving in the cold weather.

 

Remember that the tire pressure varies as the temperature fluctuates and in this area, the temperature often changes daily. In winters as the time changes, when days are shorter and colder, it’s very important to check tire pressure.

 

Its recommended that you review your car’s manual to check the correct tire pressure of the car. The recommended tire pressure is in the manual and the placard of the vehicle is based on the inflation pressure. Your manual’s recommended tire pressure is more reliable than the number listed on the tire.

 

Related Posts: Preparing your car for winters 

 

In North America, the temperature fluctuation is at the average of 50 degrees which means that the tire pressure changes by 5psi and every 20 degrees the pressure drop by 2psi. A drop of 5psi during winters can affect the handling, traction, and durability.

 

If your car is parked in the heated garage and later your car goes out in the wintry weather, with every 10 degrees drop the tire pressure reduces by 1 psi. Incorrect tire pressure can also lower the gas mileage by 0.3% and can improve the fuel efficiency by 3.3% if the correct tire pressure is maintained.

 

It’s important to check the tire pressure whenever there is a change in the weather and check the tire PSI more often in the winter.

 

 

Need your car repaired after a winter accident?

Probst Collision is the top auto body repair shop in New Lenox, IL. We provide collision repair and dent removal in the local area including Joliet, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan, Chicago and the southwest Chicago suburbs.

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Preparing Your Car for Winter

Car stuck in snow

Winter can be hard on us with it’s cold, snow, overcast days and additional stress. But it can also be hard on our cars.

When winter and snow finally arrives, will your car be ready?

The things that go wrong with your car in winter and the emergencies you face are actually fairly predictable. That’s a good thing because it means you have a chance to prepare yourself.

It’s going to get snowy and slippery. There will be extreme temperatures. Engines don’t start and car batteries are vulnerable. You may find yourself temporarily stranded somewhere.

All these are events you can prepare for.

Let’s review a list of ways you can prepare your car for winter.

 

Preparing your car for winter

  • Have your battery tested or replaced
  • Check your fluid levels
  • Test heater and window defroster
  • Replace your windshield wipers
  • Check your tire pressure
  • Have a winter emergency kit in trunk
  • Wash and wax exterior

Related: Winter Driving Tips to Stay Safe

car maintenance

Have your battery tested

Battery testing takes only a few minutes. Your mechanic might even do it for free, especially if they’re doing another service such as changing your oil.

Check your fluid levels

Too keep your car running at its best, especially in winter, make sure all your fluids are topped off.

  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Engine coolant
  • Brake fluid
  • Antifreeze
  • Oil

Winter car accident

Test heater and defroster

This is an easy one to do. Don’t wait until it’s 20 degrees to find out the heater isn’t blowing hot air.

Replace your windshield wipers

Windshield wipers will only typically last 2-3 years until they show signs of wear. This can really affect your vision during a snowstorm and make your car unsafe.

Related: Tips for avoiding winter collisions

Check your tire pressure

When temperatures drop, so will your tire pressure. Check that they are filled to the proper pounds per square inch listed on the sticker inside the driver’s door or your car’s owner manual.

Have a winter emergency kit in trunk

  • Spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Small shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Toolkit
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Windshield cleaner
  • Reflective triangles or flares
  • Candles, lighter or matches
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Nonperishable, high-energy foods like unsalted, canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy
  • Blankets, mittens, socks, and hats

Wash and wax exterior

Washing and waxing your car can make rain, snow and ice slide off your roof easily as well as protect your exterior.

 

Most importantly, slow down! Most car accidents are a result of driving too fast for conditions. All-wheel drive and driving an SUV won’t prevent an accident due to driving fast in slippery conditions.

 

Need your car repaired after an accident?

Probst Collision is the top auto body repair shop in New Lenox, IL. Serving the local area including Joliet, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan, Chicago and the southwest Chicago suburbs.

Call (815) 485-8411

 

Winter driving safety resources

How to prepare your car for winter – Chicago Tribune
Here’s how to avoid five common winter breakdowns – Driving
It’s easy to prepare your vehicle for the ice, snow and freezing temperatures – Driving
Be Prepared for Winter Driving – National Safety Council
5 Steps to Prepare Your Car for Winter – US News & World Report
How to Prepare a Car for Winter Driving – WikiHow