Go to any New Car Dealership in Cincinnati and, if they’re worth their salt, they’ll say that you shouldn’t wait to get your car ready for the winter months. There are things that you should do to your car to ensure that you will be able to drive your car once the snow starts to fall without getting caught in a freezing situation. The end of fall is the perfect time to do this. It is still nice enough outside that you can work on your vehicle, and it will give you peace of mind when driving on the icy roads that lie ahead.
The first thing you should do get your oil changed. In the last post we talked about what kind of oil is right for your car, so make sure that you are using an oil that is made to handle the cold weather easier. When the temperature drops, the oil in your car starts to thicken which can lead to engine lock-up. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for what kind of oil should be used for your car in the colder temperatures.
When the roads are slushy and covered in salt, it won’t take long for you to realize that you have old worn out windshield wipers. The winter months can be hard on your wipers, so make sure that you change them to a new pair now. The streaks that occur from bad wipers will impair your vision and lead to safety issues. You should also change your wiper fluid to one that can handle sub-freezing temperatures. While you are changing your wiper fluid, you should also check your antifreeze levels in your cooling system.
The other major components you should have checked are your tires and battery. The cold can suck the charge out of your battery, so make sure that you clean them and get rid of any corrosion. Check the tread on your tires and their pressure. If your tires are beginning to look worn down, then get them replaced. You may even want to think about getting winter tires that are made to handle the slick roads. It is easier to get in a wreck and need major repairs if your tires aren’t gripping the road.
Getting your car ready for winter is an important safety tip that should be done now. If you need help getting it checked, then bring it into a mechanic. If your car is going to cost more to get ready for winter then it is worth, then you should come into Superior Cars and start the winter season right with a brand new ride.
At Superior, we realize that it is easy to see other cars and not really think about other people driving them. It is human nature to not think about the needs and thoughts of others that you do not personally know or see face to face. That is what makes a new study on aggressive driving make sense. The study was done in Israel and it shows that aggressive driving can be more prevalent in drivers who identify themselves with their cars, as well as those who view the roads as their own.
That is not to say that you shouldn’t take pride in your new car, but if you think that your car shows who you are as a person and the status that you hold, you are more likely to be an aggressive driver. Having this sense of self tied into your car can make you think that your car shows that you are more important than other drivers on the road and make you drive less safely then you would otherwise.
Another key in defensive driving stems for thinking that the road is more yours than anyone else’s. It can lead to aggressive driving, a bending or breaking of traffic laws, and accidents. It is important to remember that you are sharing the road with everyone else that is around you. Driving may seem like an individual activity, but it is something that is very communal. Safe and defensive driving will not only allow you to relax more as you drive, but it will also makes the roads safer for everyone that is on the road with you.
Safe driving should be the most important goal for all drivers, and thinking about other drivers can help you do this successfully. If you are looking for a new car to drive safely down the road, then be sure to come into Superior Cars and check out our great selection.
There is a great chance that somewhere along the life of your car that you will have to take it into a mechanic’s shop to get work done that you just can’t do at home. For many people, this can be a nervous proposition. There is the stereotype out there that most mechanics only want to take your money and not do quality work to fix your car. We’ve all seen the 20/20 specials in these unfortunate cases, but you should know that this happens very rarely. If you are weary about finding the right mechanic for you, then the best thing you can do is research.
The video below does a great job in showing you the things to look for and the questions to ask when finding the right mechanic for you and your car.
Of course, if you bought your car from Superior Cars, you can rest easy in the fact that we have some of the best and most trustworthy mechanics that specialize in your car. If you are looking for a new car, then be sure to come into Superior Cars.