While you’re packing and planning the yearly trip over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house, it’s important to make sure that your car is just as prepared for journey as you are. While drivers tend to make sure their vehicle maintenance is up-to-date for frequent summer trips, most people overlook the added miles being put on their vehicle when traveling over the holidays.
At V&F auto, our Feeding Hills, West Springfield, and Southwick auto repair specialists have created a list of specialized maintenance tips to make all of your journeys this autumn as safe as possible.
5 Important Maintenance Reminders for Safe Holiday Driving
Oil Change: It is one of the easiest, and least expensive maintenance services for your vehicle – but having your oil changed regularly is also the most important maintenance service for keeping your engine running clean. Make sure to have your oil checked for proper levels and quality every 3,000-5,000 miles.
Windshield Wipers: Another low-cost way of making sure your traveling is as safe as possible is checking that your windshield wipers are working effectively and that your windshield wiper fluid is full. If you notice your windshield wipers are leaving heavy streaks behind or just aren’t as efficient as they used to be, have them changed immediately. Hitting a heavy rainstorm while driving on the highway is no time to realize you’re over-due for new blades.
Tire Tread & Pressure: Whether you need your air pressure checked, your tread evaluated, or wheel alignment service, our tire experts can make sure your tires keep you secure on the road, and help you get the best gas mileage on your trip. If your tread has become extensively warn, we can even help you choose a new set of tires that best complements your vehicle, and driving style.
Brake Repair: Your brakes are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. They help keep you, your passengers, and fellow drivers protected while on the road. There are a few telltale signs you’re in need of brake repair, such as being able to push the brake all the way to floor, or “spongy” feeling brakes, but if you think something might be even slightly off with your brake system, make sure you have them checked immediately.
Heating/AC: Nothing can turn a car trip unpleasant faster than having your heating or A/C break down. Depending on where you’re traveling this time of year, you could find yourself needing the heat on for part of the journey, and the A/C on for part of the time. To avoid shivering or sweltering conditions, have your heating and air conditioning system fully checked, and make sure all of your fluids are properly topped off.
No matter where you’re headed this season, V&F Auto can help get you there safely. Visit us before your next trip for top quality maintenance and auto repair in Southwick, Agawam, and Feeding Hills, MA.