Is Your Chevrolet Ready for Holiday Travel?
The holiday season is here! With many people hitting the roads in the coming months to visit family and friends, now is a good time to make sure your Chevrolet is properly inspected and tuned up. Luckily, getting your vehicle ready for this holiday travel does not necessarily require the skill of a professional mechanic. There are plenty of things you can do that are easy and that will not require a long time under the hood. Below, we have compiled a list of easy prep tips to guarantee that your Chevrolet is equipped to make that holiday travel both easy and fun for you.
Holiday Tip #1: Lighting
Our first recommended tip is to walk around your Chevy and check to make sure that those exterior lights are working properly. Lights to check for include high and low beams, flashers, directional signals, brake lights, and license plate light. If one of these is not working, you should replace it before hitting the road!
Holiday Tip #2: Wiper Blades
Probably one of the most overlooked items on your Chevy is those windshield wiper blades. If you do not remember the last time they were replaced, then we recommend that you do so. In our experience, we noticed that even the top-of-the-line blades need to be replaced by the six-month mark. Otherwise, you will be left with cracked, torn, or streaking blades, which will hinder your winter weather driving.
Holiday Tip #3: Tires
Tires are a critical item to check on your vehicle. The first thing you will want to check before hitting the road is tire pressure. If tires are left underinflated, they can cause unsafe handling and breaking. Using a tire gauge, check the pressure in all tires to make sure they are properly inflated. Check our owner’s manual or driver’s doorjamb for the correct pressure.
Another tire item to consider is buying winter tires for your Chevy. Investing in a set of highly rated all-season or winter tires can make traveling through winter conditions easier. Why? The tread patterns on these types of tires are designed to grip better on ice and snow.
Holiday Tip #4: Be Prepared
With that winter weather, you never know just how long you could be on the road for. Before you leave for your trip this holiday season, we recommend putting together a car emergency kit. What should go into this kit? At the very minimum an ice scraper, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, flares, abrasive material (such as cat litter), and a shovel. It is also important to make sure you have plenty of food and water.
Performing these safety checks sooner rather than later will make sure that you can get all of those necessary vehicle repairs before your big holiday travel day. Whether you need to come into our service department or have a question, our staff is here to help in all ways. From all of us here at Dan Cummins Chevrolet Buick, we wish you safe holiday travels!