Tracy’s Automotive will make sure your car is ready to tackle that holiday road trip.
You’ve been making the most of holiday events, traveling from light displays to open houses and everything in between. You’re trying to see as many things as possible before you leave on that end-of-the-year holiday road trip to visit family and old friends.
You’re not the only one planning on hitting those snowy, icy roads. AAA predicts 113 million U.S. residents will be traveling from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. Most of them will be on the road with you. Between the traffic and bad weather, it’s wiser than usual to be prepared for any emergency. One way to prepare, according to roadtrippers.com is to make sure your car is ready for the journey.
“If you’re going to be putting down some serious miles in the cold, it’s a good idea to have your vehicle inspected by a professional—or at least someone who really knows what they’re doing,” roadtrippers.com says.
“A full inspection is recommended, but here’s a quick checklist of things to pay extra close attention to:
- “Make sure your heater is in good working order and that you have plenty of antifreeze in your radiator.
- “Check all your lights and replace any that appear to be dim or dying.
- “If your wiper blades are looking a bit ragged, don’t wait to replace them. You’ll thank yourself when the weather turns ugly.
- “Make sure that you have wiper fluid rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 C).
- “Check the health of your battery.
- “Consider getting an oil change, and if you do, ask for a winter-friendly oil (motor oils are rated by their viscosity levels at different temperatures) that still works with your specific engine. You may need to refer to your owner’s manual.
Pay special attention to your tires. Roadtrippers.com says: “If your tires are showing signs of wear, losing tread, or generally looking shoddy, replace them now. This might seem obvious, but your tires are the only thing that connect your vehicle to the road, so they’re kind of critical. In fact, tests have shown that a good pair of snow tires is arguably more important than having four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. If you’re going to be doing a lot of driving in tough winter conditions, dedicated snow tires may be a worthwhile investment.”
You can get an inspection at Tracy’s Automotive. If you have any problems, Tracy’s technicians can repair or replace whatever needs it.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard – Maple Street auto care and auto repair, E First Street N and W 21st Street N.. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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