The winter months are an ironic time to be a vehicle owner—road conditions and constant precipitation make driving far more hazardous during these months than any other, however we seem to do the most travelling during the holiday season! These factors make it important to consider the condition of your vehicle before attempting travel during the winter, particularly when it comes to your tires and driveline components. Perhaps the safest and most responsible thing you can do as a driver is to have your vehicle taken in for a winterization inspection.
Tires should always be serviced before a winter road trip and your service inspection should include pressure checks, tire rotations and if necessary, a wheel alignment in Norwalk. Skipping these crucial tire services could leave you stranded at the side of the road with tire troubles, or worse, in danger of a complete tire malfunction! Tires should be rotated every 600 miles to ensure that constant tread wear doesn’t become a major factor and having your tires rotated by a professional, rather than attempting this seemingly simple task by yourself, will ensure that there are no issues during or after the process.
The better the condition of your tires, the easier it will be for your car to maintain traction and handling on snowy and icy roads. If your vehicle is a heavy-duty automobile, consider replacing your tires with winter tires or all-season treads—doing so will ensure that you’re fully equipped to tackle the weather and roads ahead.
No matter if you’re driving a heavy-duty diesel truck or a tiny sedan, your driveline is going to be the backbone of your vehicle. Problems with your driveline can have devastating effects on how your car performs and handles in the snow, so having a winterization inspection to identify any problems is a highly proactive approach to ensuring your safety.
If your car has AWD capabilities, check to ensure that the system is functioning optimally before hitting the open road. If you notice a grinding in your gears when you shift, make sure your gearbox and connecting components are in line with each other. Should you notice suspension issues, have them inspected right away to prevent any troubles while you’re navigating the snow. Tackling these common issues and identifying them through a winterization inspection will keep your tires on the pavement and your family safe.
Just as it’s important for you to consider something like a wheel alignment in Norwalk, just as important is the brake pads and shoes that will be used to stop those tires from spinning. If your brakes are worn or in poor condition, you’re going to have difficulty stopping, especially in the snow and ice, which can pose hazardous for both you and other drivers. Have your brakes inspected and replaced if necessary.
Before you start your trip to see family or return home from a great holiday, stop by Hy-Tek Truck & Auto Center, LTD and have your vehicle inspected. Our winterization inspections are only $49.99 and you’re sure to leave with peace of mind in knowing that your car or truck is ready to tackle the elements.