• Pre-trip auto maintenance is absolutely necessary before leaving for a road trip. Visit Smithtown General Tire to have all your fuel levels, wiper blades, belt and hose connections, tire pressure, and lights checked out. If any dashboard warning lights are on, have those looked at as well. Do not wait until last minute to have your vehicle serviced.
• Have a roadside assistance plan so you can call for help. Have their number easily available by putting it in your glove compartment.
• Make sure all your documents are all in check. Your license, registration, and insurance should all be up to date.
• You should always have the following in easy reach in your trunk: a tire iron, bottled water, a fire extinguisher, a first-aid kit, extra oil, a flashlight (one without batteries is preferred), bug spray, jumper cables, a pocket knife, a compass, an umbrella, blankets and reflectors/flares.
In both old and new cars the dashboard is the vital communication center that relays important information to the driver. By using sophisticated on-board equipment, your vehicle is able to self diagnose a range of issues. Many car manufacturers use different symbols for their vehicles so trying to decipher what your vehicle is telling you can be confusing.
Our graphic below displays lights that need immediate attention and ones you may have never seen. We’ll tell you what you should know and what you need to do. More information may also be found in your vehicle’s manual.
Winter Driving Tips
Protecting Your Car From Road Salt
Although road salt is necessary for safe transportation when snow and ice accumulate on roads and highways, taking active steps to protect your car from road salt is necessary to avoid rust and corrosion.
Removing Road Salt at the Car Wash
When salt is on the road, washing your car is the major factor in combating corrosion and maintaining the value of your car. Salt that remains on a vehicle surface and undercarriage for any length of time can:
- Damage your car’s clear finish.
- Promote rust.
- Affect the mechanics of your vehicle.
Preventing Salt Damage to Your Car
- Wash your vehicle as soon as possible after a snow or rain shower if you live in an area subject to acid rain.
- Wash the underside of your car often during the winter months in a car wash that does not use recycled water.
- Avoid driving through large puddles of standing water where road salt collects.
- Wax your vehicle before winter to protect your paint from corrosive salt.