Here at Direct Drive & Auto Repair Diagnostics we put safety first. Here are a few helpful tips to get you and your vehicle through this wintery, cold, and freezing time!
– Inspect your antifreeze: while your engine is cold by using a tester to check the mixture for its freeze point. A 50/50 ratio means 50% distilled water and 50% antifreeze, which is sufficient in most climates, except in extreme cold.
– Have your charging system checked: Cold weather starts make the vehicle battery work much harder and bring it in for a free evaluation for your starting and charging system, getting stranded in the cold is no good!
– Change your oil and oil filter: Clean, high quality engine oil goes a long way in protecting the motor in cold start situations. Use the oil recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
– Visually inspect all lights: marker bulbs, taillights, third level brake lights, especially headlights and driving lights. Daylight savings time requires bulbs to work longer hours, remember it get dark quicker make sure your seen!
– Tire Tread condition: check it yourself, or come in and have it checked for free. Winter driving requires good traction in snow and ice. Quality tire tread, provide better traction for improved safety especially during this time of the year. Check your tire pressure regularly, especially in colder temperatures. Follow the recommended PSI found on the driver’s side door post for maximum traction. Remember to drive carefully and watch out for black ice!