If you were stranded in your car, would you be prepared or would your car be ready if you had to leave at a moment’s notice? In case you didn’t know September is National Preparedness Month and we would like to remind drivers of the importance of regular maintenance and do-it-yourself checks (as well as a stocked emergency kit).
Make sure you check the following to make sure your car is ready for the unexpected:
Tire Tread and pressure: Tire tread helps your car grip the road and having low tire tread is very dangerous when driving in wet, flood-like, snowy or icy conditions. May not be a big problem around here but driving up north may be bad with worn out tires. And did you know that if the tire pressure is too low or too high it can affect gas mileage, tread wear and vehicle performance? Check your tires regularly when they are still cold. A quick tip use the PSI (pounds per square inch) number located inside the driver door.
Fluids Check: Make sure your favorite repair shop check all your fluids (such as your oil and coolant) and check them yourself once a month or take a peek when you fill the gas tank.
Belts: Look for signs of excessive wear or looseness because a broken engine belt can literally stop you in your tracks.
Brakes: Have your brakes inspected by a technician at least once a year, and be aware of any noise, pulling and vibration while braking.
Battery: A battery should last 3 to 5 years. Extreme temperatures like our extreme heat in the summer can wear the battery faster. Always get your battery check when you get your oil change.
Emergency Kit: We did discuss this in another blog but a vehicle emergency kit should include jumper cables, a road atlas (in case your phone die on you you), first-aid kit, flashlight, water, non-perishable food and blankets among other things.
P.S. Want to learn more? Here's a great document about this.