Summer is quickly coming to an end, which means fall is right around the corner. Prepare yourself for trips in the cool autumn air by making sure your car is up to par. Our service department here at Dan Young GM will be happy to help!
Check the Battery
Many drivers find themselves waiting for roadside assistance due to a weak battery. You can ensure your vehicle runs all season long by having the system inspected by a professional technician. Make sure to clean off any corrosion on the terminals and tighten the connections before cooler weather arrives.
Check the Brakes
A car’s braking system is the first line of defense when it comes to preventing a collision. Summer traveling can result in some significant wear on the brake pads and rotors. Having the brakes professionally inspected can help prevent an accident and spot minor problems before they turn into major repairs. Make sure to replace the brake pads if necessary.
Change the Oil
The oil is responsible for protecting vital engine components. Keeping the engine cool and lubricated improves performance and efficiency. It should come as no surprise that fresh oil performs its jobs better than old oil. Check the owner’s manual to determine how often your make and model needs an oil change. As a general rule, the oil should be changed every season.
Taking care of your car is an absolute necessity, but with this fast-changing industry, what methods will get the best results? After all, every driver wants to ensure their car lasts as long as possible! Here are a few tips from to help keep your car young in 2018.
Change the Oil
If there’s one car maintenance tip that’s remained a constant throughout the years, it’s to change the oil on a consistent basis. While the 3,000-mile rule is long outdated, drivers should still adhere to the oil change intervals provided in the owner’s manual. If you don’t have access to an owner’s manual, calling the dealership is your next best option.
While modern parts are made to last much longer than parts of the past, they still need to be lubricated to operate at peak performance. Having a professional technician ensure your vehicle’s parts are properly lubricated will keep you on the road with fewer issues for years to come.
A proper wax job can help protect a car’s paint and keep it looking as good as new for years. Quality car wax will provide protection from the sun and other elements when applied every six months or so.
For all of your vehicle maintenance questions and needs visit us at Dan Young GM.
Sorry, everyone, but that time is sadly approaching — the final days of sweet, sweet summer. We hope you took full advantage of the fine weather and fun events of the season, but if you did, that means you must have done quite a bit of driving. If that is indeed the case, we have just a few simple end-of-summer car care tips to help you and your vehicle transition into the coming cold with ease.
Empty the trunk
Whether your cargo area is stuffed with golf clubs, boogie boards, tents, fishing poles, or any other combination of summer-fun gear, chances are all that stuff is weighing you down and adding to your fuel bill. Pack it away nicely and promise it can come back out to play in a few (hopefully short) months.
Check the tires
All that driving isn’t easy on the wheels, even if it’s easy on your peace-of-mind. Check that your tires are still street-safe; you can do so easily by inserting a quarter head-first into the tread of your tires. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, your tires probably need to be replaced.
Replace the wiper blades
Bad weather’s a-coming — don’t get stuck in a fall squall without the proper equipment. New wiper blades are inexpensive and can mean a world of difference during harsh driving conditions.
If your car requires any service, in addition to this end-of-summer car care (maybe your tires didn’t pass the quarter test), give Dan Young’s service department a call today — we’re here for you!
There are a number of little-known driving tips that could save your life. While cars are becoming safer than ever before thanks to recent innovations in driver assist technologies, there are still important things that drivers need to do to prevent unnecessary accidents. From distracted driving to hazardous road conditions, here are several tips to remember when you’re behind the wheel.
According to Cracked, many experts are now suggesting that you shouldn’t have any part of your car visible in your mirrors. It can be easy to adjust, but many drivers insist on seeing part of their car in their side view mirrors, or they fail to adjust the rearview mirror. Simply angle your side mirrors away from your car until you no longer see parts of your car. This will help to fully eliminate your blind spots in many scenarios.
Pay attention to traffic more than road signs. Drivers tend to get in the habit of driving in daze, which makes it easy to simply speed through yield signs and green lights. Though you may have the right of way, this doesn’t protect you from driver’s that aren’t following the road signs. Always pay more attention to traffic on the road, one simple trick that will help you avoid fender benders. In fact, the Dutch city of Drachten replaced a large portion of their signs with roundabouts free of visual cues, which decreased accidents by 36%. Sometimes there are just too many road signs to follow at once, leading to distractions.
Always have your headlights on. Though most states only require headlights when it’s dark or when it’s raining, studies show that having your headlights on at all times reduces the risk of accident by 32%. That’s because you’re not only more visible, but it also means you can’t forget to put them on. Plus, with more and more automatic headlight systems, it’s not a big deal if you forget to turn them off.
These are just some of the many little known driving tips that we here at Dan Young GM think it could be helpful to know.