Five Vehicle Tips To Keep Your Family In The Holiday Spirit
Driving, traffic, family--three things that go together during the holidays. No matter where you live or where you travel, make sure your vehicle doesn’t turn smiles into frowns.
Check off our list for a safe, comfortable and enjoyable ride:
- Batteries. All those fun gadgets can drain the lifeblood from a weak battery. Ask your service advisor to check your battery’s charge level before it leaves you stranded. A cold snap can drain an old battery overnight.
- Brakes. Squeaks, squeals and whines may be fun on Christmas morning. But if they are coming from your wheel wells, take your vehicle in for a brake inspection.
- Tires. Sliding down a hill on skis or a sled brings out the smiles. Sliding to a stop in your vehicle could mean it’s time for new tires. Winter rain and ice exacerbate problems with traction.
- Leaks. Everyone can enjoy a holiday surprise--except when it comes to your vehicle. Problems with antifreeze/coolant, oil level, transmission fluid and brake fluid can sideline your vehicle. Take it in for inspection if you notice any drips and puddles on your driveway.
- Storage. There’re plenty of crowds in holiday stores. No need for your family to crowd into your vehicle, too. Free up some elbow room with a roof rack and cargo carriers before your visit to relatives.
Other winterize tips from the National Safety Council:
- Use wiper fluid rated for below freezing.
- Replace wiper blades, especially if they are frayed on the edges. If you live in areas prone to snow, get blades designed to handle icy conditions.
- Clean off vehicle sensors and back-up camera to keep them working properly. Winter road grime can prevent them from detecting problems.
- Use the “coin test” to make sure you have enough tread to stop efficiently on wintery roads.
- Don’t leave town before checking tire pressure. Riding on your tread sidewalls can cause a blowout.