January 6th, 2014
If you’re like many of our customers, your winter plans involve putting some extra miles on your odometer. Driving in the winter involves taking some extra care, though, especially when you’re traveling further than usual or on unfamiliar roadways.
The experts at our Chantilly Acura service center have some tips to help you get ready for your winter travels, because the truth is heading out for winter visits should involve a bit more thought than just making sure you crank up the heat.
Start off under the hood, and make sure your fluids are all up the “full” marks.” This is especially important for your antifreeze, which also needs to be at the proper concentration to do its job. Our technicians are happy to help out with this. Don’t forget your windshield washer solvent, either; frost and road salt can build up on your windshield fast, so this can be a lifesaver.
Perhaps most important before you run out to deliver gifts, though, is to check your tires. As the part of your car that meets the road, your tires are crucial for good traction and control on slick roads.
Check the tread on your tires by sticking a penny into the groves headfirst. If the treads don’t come far enough to cover part of Abe’s head, they’re starting to get too worn and should be checked by a professional. We price match on tires at Pohanka Acura of Chantilly and won’t be undersold, so don’t hesitate to pay us a visit!
It’s also important to make sure your tires are properly inflated. Check the sidewall or the inside of your door ledge for the appropriate pressure. Cold weather and the weight of extra passengers put stress on your tires, so keeping them at the right level is important at this time of year.
Before you take off for a winter adventure, take the time to stop in to have your car’s vitals checked by one of our experts. We’re open seven days a week; no need for an appointment, just bring it in! For more information on the services we provide and how you can prep for the rest of the winter, be sure to contact our Chantilly Acura service center online or to call us directly at (703) 968-6600 today!