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National Highway Safety Administration Offers Car Care Tips
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National Highway Safety Administration Offers Car Care Tips

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding all drivers to check their vehicles and take necessary precautions before taking to the roads. There are multiple good reasons to keep up with automobile maintained. Some of the reasons include; ensuring your resale value, fuel efficiency and overall safety of your drive.

Administrator David L. Strickland, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states “it’s important that drivers properly maintain their vehicles and always drive responsibly – never texting behind the wheel or driving drunk and always wearing a seat belt.”

To ensure that your automobile is in the best possible shape some basic guidelines to keep in mind examine each part of your automobile and specific systems that work together for peak performance.

The NHTSA offers tips like a walk around of your automobile.

Check Your Battery

  • When the temperature drops, so does battery power. For gasoline-powered engines, also be aware that it takes more battery power to start your vehicle in cold weather than in warm. For electric vehicles, the driving range is reduced. Find out if your battery is up to the challenges of winter by:
  • Having your mechanic check your battery for sufficient voltage;
  • Having the charging system and belts inspected;

Check your cooling system.

  • When coolant freezes, it expands. This expansion can potentially damage your vehicle’s engine block beyond repair. Don’t let this happen to your vehicle this winter.
  • Make sure you have enough coolant in your vehicle and that it’s designed to withstand the winter temperatures you might experience in your area.
  • A 50/50 mix of coolant to water is sufficient for most regions of the country. See your vehicle owner’s manual for specific recommendations.

Fill Your Windshield Washer

  •  You can go through a lot of windshield wiper luid fairly quickly in a single snowstorm, so be prepared for whatever Mother Nature might send your way.
  • Completely ill your vehicle’s reservoir before the irst snow hits.
  • Use high-quality, “no-freeze” luid.
  • Buy extra to keep on hand in your vehicle.

 

Check your windshield wipers and defrosters.

  • Safe winter driving depends on achieving and maintaining the bestvisibility possible.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers work and replace worn blades.
  •  If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice, consider installing heavy-duty winter wipers.
  •  Check to see that your window defrosters (front and rear) work properly

Check your Tires

  • Regardless of season, you should inspect your tires at least once a month winter, you’ll be glad you took the time.
  • Check tire pressure and make sure each tire is filled to the vehiclemanufacturer’s suggested PSI (pounds per square inch) of air pressure, which is listed in your owner’s manual and on a label
  • inside the driver’s door. Tire pressure drops as the temperature drops. Properly inflated tires ensure optimum tire performance andoptimum vehicle driving range. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle at all times and checkpressure when tires are “cold” — meaning they haven’t been driven on for at least three hours.
  • Look closely at your tread and replace tires that have uneven wearor insuficient tread. Tread should be at least 1/16 of an inch orgreater on all tires.

These tips can increase the safety of your ride, the value of your investment and possibly save you money at the pump, and the garage.

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