Driving with Care this Spring

 

With the snow and ice are off the roads, a new issue is now present. Potholes can become a nuisance and a problem during the spring and summer. The potholes can cause damage to all areas of the vehicle as well. It is also important to go to regular maintenances based on a schedule. If you are unsure how often the parts should be inspected, we can help to recommend a schedule for you. Also remember to avoid any jackrabbit starts or fast stops. If you accelerate too quickly, it can cause fuel to burn. This can result in poor fuel efficiency for the vehicle when you drive it. Also, by slamming on the brakes you can cause more strain to the brake system and lines.

 

 

Potholes are a big issue in the spring. This is because the roads are no longer frozen and damaged from the winter. Hitting a pothole at high speeds can do damage to the tires, suspension, alignment, and other parts of the vehicle. It is important to try and avoid them if possible. If you do have to hit a pothole, slow down as much as you can before hitting the pothole. Sometimes hitting a pothole could cause your vehicle to swerve into another lane.

 

Having the vehicle maintained is important for the overall efficiency of it. If the vehicle is not maintained, it could cause parts to wear and become damaged. When an issue is ignored, it can lead to further damage for parts of the vehicle. If you notice any problems the vehicle might have between visits, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help prevent larger issues from forming. It can also help to prevent a costly repair bill when it comes time to fix it.

 

Driving at the recommended speed is also important. This can help to save on any unnecessary wear and tear on the vehicle. Taking corners sharply and at a high speed can cause them to wear quicker. It can also result in uneven tire wear with time. Slamming on the brakes can also cause strain and stress on parts of the brake system. If you accelerate quickly out of a stop it can waste more fuel as well. By changing the speed and driving habits, you can help to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.

Car Damage to Be Aware of in the Spring

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It might be easy to drive fast and reckless in the spring, but damage can still be done to your vehicle. Spring is a common time for potholes to form on the road. They can be disguised as puddles on the road as well. Make sure when you approach a puddle to slow down and drive around it if possible.

 

By hitting a pothole you can be doing more damage to your vehicle than you realize. It can do damage to the tires, suspension, shocks, and struts. It can also lead to poor alignment of the vehicle. Even if no immediate damage is indicated, over time it will start to show. This can cause your vehicle to breakdown unexpectedly. It can also lead to other issues with the parts of your vehicle.

 

The spring is also a good time to wash your vehicle. Over the winter salt and road grime can collect on your vehicle. This can lead to corrosion or rust. When the vehicle is washed, make sure to include the undercarriage. By washing your vehicle, you will remove the dirt, dried salt, and road grime that has collected over the winter.

 

Make sure to bring your vehicle in. This is important because we can inspect the parts and components for you. Having a vehicle that is well maintained can help you save money at the pumps, as well as have it last as long as possible.

Aligning the Wheels of Your Vehicle

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All four of your wheels are properly aligned, which is important for your safety as well as the performance of your vehicle. A wheel alignment should be part of your regular vehicle maintenance inspection when you take it in for a tune-up. If you notice that the vehicle pulls in one direction or the other, make sure to bring it in and we can inspect the tires for you.

 

If you have hit something, large or small, you should always take your vehicle in to make sure the wheels are still aligned, as well as making sure nothing on the undercarriage has been effected by it. Another indication you should take your vehicle in is if you see a wear pattern on the shoulders of your tires, or if you notice your vehicle is handling much differently. This is important to your safety, as well as the safety of others. With poorly aligned wheels, you run the risk of having an accident and endangering the lives of others.

 

The engine has to work harder and use more gasoline to make up for the interference, such as unaligned tires. When your tires are properly aligned, you will not be creating resistance, which impacts your gas mileage. You will be able to help maintain the best fuel efficiency you can for your vehicle. If you notice your vehicle is getting worse gas mileage than normal, you should plan to have it taken in to have it inspected. This can also help you to have a comfortable ride when you drive.

Avoiding Potholes When you Drive

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When you drive in the spring, you may notice more potholes on the road. This is because over the winter the ice and snow will melt and go into the cracks on the road. This will then refreeze and cause the road to buckle. When you drive, you will want to make sure you avoid the potholes so you do not do damage to your vehicle.

 

If you hit a pothole, you might hear a heavy thud. When this happens, it is important to have the vehicle inspected as soon as possible. When you hit a pothole, you might be doing more damage than you realize. The suspension, struts, alignment, and tires can all be affected after hitting a pothole. The tire can become flat after you hit a pothole, especially if you hit it at high speeds. Also remember to listen for any grinding or odd noises that might indicate a loose part on your vehicle.

 

You can help to avoid potholes by adjusting some of your driving habits. Make sure to leave more space between you and the vehicle in front of you. While this is a good driving tip no matter what, it does come in handy for avoiding potholes as well. The more space you leave, the more likely you are to notice a pothole and avoid it. Also remember to slow down. By decreasing the speed even a little, you can help to improve the reaction time. When you hit a pothole at a lower speed, it typically will not do as much damage as hitting it at a higher speed.

 

Also remember to watch out for any water. After a rainstorm or even snow, potholes can fill with water. This will make them harder to see and judge how deep they are. If you are ever in doubt of if it is a water puddle or pothole, it is always best to avoid them. By staying alert and being aware of the road in front of you as you drive, you can help decrease the chance for pothole damage to your vehicle.