The winter season is one of the riskiest and dangerous times to drive on the road because of the harsh weather conditions. From slippery surfaces to poor visibility, it can be hard to feel confident navigating the outside roads. If you want to get your car ready for winter driving and make it safer to use, there are a few important auto repair services to perform.
Inflate the Tires
The tires on your car can lose a lot of air in low temperatures, making it necessary to add more air before using it to get around. Read the car manual to determine how many pounds of air your tires need to maintain proper traction on the road. Use a simple tire pressure gauge to ensure you add the right amount of air. On average, tires lose one pound of air for every 10 degrees when the outside temperature drops. By keeping the tires inflated throughout the season and when preparing for long drives, it will reduce the risk of hydroplaning.
Replace Your Windshield Wipers
It can be easy for the windshield wipers to freeze in place during the winter season, which can prevent you from wiping off snow or rain as you drive. You can easily burn out your wiper motor as it attempts to move the wipers. Start by turning off the wiper blades before you shut off the motor. It would help if you also replaced your wiper blades at least once every year. One of the main signs that the blades have reached the end of their lifespan is if the plastic materials are falling apart. They also need to be replaced when they create streaks on the glass. There are also specialty wipers to consider installing, which prevent snow from building up on the windshield.
Install Winter Tires
Visit a service repair center to install winter tires on your car to increase your traction while spending time on highways or roads in the mountains. The winter tires will have more pliable rubber and don’t become stiff in low temperatures, allowing them to maintain more traction to reduce slippage and prevent the car from sliding around as it’s in motion. You can also install all-season tires, which have an anti-skid component and front-wheel drive. If you choose to purchase winter tires, you can use them for many years to come because of how long they last.
Check the Lights
Hire a professional who performs auto repair to check the headlights and taillights to ensure you have proper visibility on the road in dim conditions during the winter. Applying car wax to the headlamps and buffing it out will also prevent the lights from looking dim by protecting the lights from the elements and any build-up of residue.
Contact us at Stop N Go Auto Center to obtain auto repair services to prepare your car for winter driving. We can help you get your car ready for the winter season to increase your safety and confidence while driving the vehicle.
Stop N Go Auto Center
2013 S. Decatur Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102