With some of the warm, sunny days we’ve had this fall in Sedalia, it’s easy to forget that winter will be here sooner than we may want to admit. And while winter has its own charms, it can also present some challenges to your car or truck if it isn’t prepared for the season. To make sure your car is in safe operating condition going into winter, take advantage of the nice weather to perform some seasonal maintenance.
Here are five easy tasks every vehicle owner should perform:
- Check Your Tires’ Tread: When it comes to winter driving, good tires with lots of tread are an important part of keeping you safe on the road during hazardous conditions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, your vehicle needs new tires if the tread is 1/16th of an inch or less. You can examine your tire’s tread wear indicator, which are a series of bumps located inside the grooves of the tire. When your tire’s tread is even with the bumps, then you’ll need to buy new tires, especially before winter weather hits.
- Check Your Tire Pressure: When temperatures drop, you tires loose a little of their pressure, so make sure that you make sure your tires are properly inflated after the weather gets cold. Learn more about the importance of tire pressure by reading our blog, Does Proper Tire Pressure Save on Gas?
- Check the Antifreeze: Your radiator depends on water to keep it cool. Of course, if temperatures were to get below freezing, the water could potentially freeze in the radiator, causing big problems! That’s why vehicles use antifreeze, a substance that lowers the freezing point of water. You can check your radiator coolant level under the hood of your car. If it’s low, add a pre-diluted 50/50 antifreeze to the reservoir.
- Get the Windshield Ready: If you haven’t changed your windshield wiper blades in the last year, now is a good time to do so. You’ll want to be ready for all the different types of weather a Sedalia winter can throw at you. Be it rain, ice or snow, good windshield wiper blades will make winter driving easier.
- Check Your Routine Maintenance Log: As a last and final step, you should check your vehicles’ maintenance log to see if there’s any routine maintenance tasks that you should complete (or have a mechanic complete). How long have those brakes been on your car? Is it time to change the oil again? Taking care of these tasks before the weather turns for the worse can give you peace of mind.
If you’re not the do-it-yourself type when it comes to vehicles, don’t worry. Our service department has the skill to work on any make or model of vehicle. Bryant’s experienced technicians can help you with anything from routine maintenance to brake replacement, all with professionalism and timeliness.
At Bryant Motors, we want all of our drivers to play it safe when it comes to winter driving in central Missouri. Call us today at (800) 866-2701 if you would like to schedule routine maintenance for your vehicle. Or, continue reading on our blog to learn more about auto maintenance jobs you can do yourself…