December 6, 2013 by butlerautogroup
Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Humming Along This Season
1. Check hoses and belts. Cold weather can weaken both.
2. Check defroster and heating units. You want to maintain visibility and heat!
3. Keep your fuel tank as full as possible. The emptier it is the more likely that condensation will form. You don’t want water in your fuel tank.
4. Change the oil. It’s the best thing you can do for your vehicle’s well-being.
5. Check the battery. Cold weather can lead to its working harder.
6. Check anti-freeze. A professional can tell you whether it’s at a proper level.
7. Check tire pressure. Too much or too little can affect traction.
8. Check lights. Again, visibility is key.
9. Emergency gear. Carry blankets, gloves, boots, a flashlight, non-perishable food, etc., especially if you’ll be driving in areas that require 4-wheel drive.
Bring your vehicle in for an oil change and our service department will check items 1-8. Scroll down for a complete list of items to put in your emergency road kit.
Have a happy and safe holiday season!
Emergency Road Kit
Here’s what ODOT suggests you keep in your vehicle at all times:
- Rechargeable flashlight
- Cell phone and charger
- Extra food and water
- Tools: jack, lug wrench, shovel
- Road maps
- Blanket/sleeping bag(s)
- Extra warm clothes, boots, hat and gloves
- First aid kit
- Pocket knife
- Matches or lighter
- Battery jumper cables
- Ice scraper and snow brush
- Paper towels
- Extra washer fluid
- Chains or traction tires
- A full fuel tank