Now with winter around the corner, it is the perfect time to conduct a winter vehicle safety inspection. Winter driving brings special challenges that you will not face in the summer. By bringing the vehicle in, we can help to inspect it for any issues that might be forming. Any issues discovered during the inspection will be fixed before you are left stranded. Regular vehicle maintenance should continue during the winter, but the season should begin with a specific winter safety inspection addressing certain items.
What to Inspect on Your Vehicle?
Driving conditions are often less than ideal with wet or slippery roads. A winter vehicle safety inspection will begin with checking for proper tire inflation. At the same time, tires will be evaluated for sufficient tread. Both are key to maintaining traction in winter driving. When you inspect the tires, also remember to see how they are wearing and driving. If they are in poor condition, a wheel alignment may be needed. A wheel alignment should also be done during a routine winter vehicle safety inspection to improve overall handling. Frequent precipitation during winter months makes it critically important to have well functioning wiper blades and sufficient quantities of washer fluid. A winter vehicle safety inspection will include filling the reservoir with fresh fluid. Wiper blades will also be inspected to make sure they are not ragged or improperly installed. Purchasing higher quality blades often results in better contact with the windshield surface and will clean it better as well. If you are not sure what type of windshield wipers to get, contact us and we can advise you on the best ones.
Items to Check On A Safety Inspection
Certain aspects of our vehicles are taken for granted. However, in winter driving conditions your headlights, battery, and antifreeze deserve extra attention. It is important to check to make sure that your headlights are still shining as bright as possible to illuminate the road and so other drivers can see you. Over time, headlight lens become pitted and foggy. During the winter with more nighttime driving and where road debris often sticks to lens it is important to have the best illumination possible. A winter vehicle safety inspection will give you confidence to navigate through the worst swirling snow. Another key item to check is the antifreeze. The antifreeze level must be full and the mixture close to fifty percent water and fifty percent antifreeze for optimum effectiveness. The inspection will allow for any imbalance to be corrected. The final step in a winter vehicle safety inspection is a test of the battery and alternator to avoid an unexpected loss of power.
Do Not Forget About A Safety Kit
After a thorough winter vehicle safety inspection, there is one more thing to add to your vehilce. This item is a winter survival and safety kit. Every vehicle should contain an emergency kit. This becomes critical in winter weather. At a minimum a kit should contain a flashlight, a knife, blankets, sand, non-perishable snacks, and drinking water. With an emergency kit in place, a thorough winter vehicle inspection and your fuel tank always at least half full, both you and your vehicle should be ready for the cold weather ahead.