The Windshield Should be Inspected Regularly


The windshield should be inspected on a regular basis. This can help to improve the visibility when you drive. It will also increase the safety when you drive. This is because you will be able to see the road in front of you, without any obstructions or damage marks. If there is a crack or divot in the windshield, it could interfere with your driving. This is because it could mask a hazard that might be further ahead on the road. Being aware of your surroundings is important to decrease the chance of an accident.



No matter what time of the day, you should always drive the best that you can. At night, your driving habits will probably change. The most important thing will be the speed at which you are traveling. You should slow down when driving at night because you will not be able to see further distances than you typically would. This can make any object or hazard in the road harder to see. It will also make for less time for you to come to a stop or to swerve in order to avoid it. Your speed should also be reduced because animals are more likely to appear on the roads at night. In order to have the best visibility possible make sure you check the windshield on a regular basis. This can alert you to any damage that it might have. In some cases, a replacement may be needed. This will decrease the chance of a crack from become larger and spreading. Inspecting and replacing the windshield can also help to improve the safety when you drive.



Along with inspecting the windshield, also make sure to check the windshield wipers. The wipers should be free from any cracks or rips. If you notice any damage to them, make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible. This can help you to clear the windshield clearly and efficiently when you drive. If you notice any smear or smudge marks, make sure that the windshield wipers are replaced. This can be a sign that they are worn out. Having good windshield wipers can improve the visibility significantly. If you are not sure what type of windshield wipers to get, bring the vehicle in and we can recommend the correct ones.



When checking the windshield wipers, also make sure to inspect the washer fluid level. This should be topped off on a regular basis, and before any long road trip you might take. The wiper fluid works together with the windshield wipers to clean the window effectively. Without the washer fluid, the grime and other dirt will smear and make it harder to see.

Check the Tires before Driving


When driving, you will want the parts and components to be in the best condition possible. The only part of your vehicle that makes direct contact with the surface of the road are the tires. It is important to inspect the tires on a regular basis. By doing so, you can ensure they are reliable and as safe as possible. Make sure to schedule a maintenance inspection with us so we can inspect the tires. If there is an issue with the tires, we can alert you to it. We can even inspect the spare tire so it will be ready to use incase you need it. There are some tasks that should be done regularly to ensure the condition of the tires.




It is important to rotate the tires at regular intervals. By having the tires rotated on a schedule, you can help prevent uneven tire wear. The tread is important because it is what helps to grip the surface of the road when you drive. Having proper tread will allow you better control of the vehicle on icy or wet roads because of the traction. As the tires age, the tread will eventually begin to wear. If the tires are never rotated, then they will start to develop uneven tread wear. As you drive, the front tires may experience more stress than the back tires. This is because they are mostly responsible for steering and turning the vehicle. When you rotate the tires, the wear is then spread out evenly around them. This will help to extend the life of all the tires. Regular rotation of the tires will also increase the fuel economy. This helps the engine to run more efficiently when the tires have even tread wear. If you ignore the recommended tire rotation schedule, you can increase the chance that an issue may occur. Without the proper tread on the tires, they can hydroplane because of the poor traction.


Tread Depth


The tread of the tires should be inspected regularly as well. Measure the tread by placing a penny upside down in the groove of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too low. It is recommended to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the tires. This can help you to have a comfortable and reliable ride.





Noises that Alert you to An Issue

To help keep your vehicle in the best condition possible, make sure it is brought in for regular maintenances. By having the vehicle inspected based on the recommended schedule, you can help prevent further issues from forming. If you ignore an issue, it can lead to time, money, and stress in the long run. Also, it can cause other parts of the vehicle to wear out sooner than they typically should. This will result in frequent replacements of parts of the vehicle.



One of the noises to pay attention to is from the brake system. If there are noises when you apply the brakes, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help prevent a safety issue when you are driving. Noises from the brake system could mean that the brake pads or brake rotors should be replaced. As the brake pads start to wear out, this will cause damage to the brake rotors. If you hear a squealing or screeching noise, it could mean that the brake pads have worn out. This will then result in the contact of the brake pad to the brake rotor.



Another way to determine if there is an issue with the vehicle is any sounds that come from under hood. Any strange noise is an indication that the vehicle should be inspected for the source of the problem. If there is a grinding or high pitched noise from under the hood, there could be an issue with the engine or transmission. It is always recommended to have a profession look at it so the problem can be resolved quickly.



If you hear noises coming from the tires, be sure to have them inspected as soon as you can. These noises could mean that the tire might need to be repaired or replaced. It could also be a sign that the tires should be aligned, rotated, or balanced. Some noises that come from the tires could also indicate an issue with the brake system. Anything that is out of the normal should be looked at immediately.

Having the Tires Properly Aligned


Having the alignment checked can improve your safety when you drive. One way to notice if the alignment is off is to let go of the wheel with one hand for just a second, it could be enough to pull you in to that next lane and hit the cars that are driving in it. An accident could be caused because the tires were not aligned properly. You could also have a problem with your alignment and go across the yellow line and in to oncoming traffic if your pull goes to the right. No matter which way your vehicle is pulling you, a tire alignment can fix the problem.


Getting the tires looked at is one of the easier things on a vehicle. The vehicle is put on a lift and lifted up so all four tires are visible to the eye. Once the tire pressure is checked, the tires are checked for wear spots or uneven wear. Uneven wear on the tires is one of the first indications that it is out of alignment. If one tire has worn more than the others, it can mean the tires should be aligned or rotated. Regular maintenances can help determine when the tires should have this task done.


Once those problems are recognized, then the vehicle is put up on a computer that measures the angle of the tires in degrees. When one is way off, that means the tire alignment is off. The computer read out tells us which tires need to be adjusted and how much. The tires are then put in to the correct placement and a test drive would be taken down the road. The tires can get knocked out of alignment after traveling a lot of miles without it being checked, it you drive down bumpy roads often or if you just have not had the tires rotated recently. The alignment can be knocked off pretty easily, but it can also be fixed quite easily. Driving on poor tires can lead to more issues with the tires as well. If you notice an issue with your vehicle or tires when you drive, make sure to schedule an appointment. Catching an issue at the first sign can help save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

Tips for Safe Driving at Night


While driving, you will want to be as safe as possible. Almost ninety percent of your reaction ability while driving is relied on sight. At night, your depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision all decline. Even if you do not notice it, you are less alert at night when you drive than you are during the day. To help drive safe, you also need to be aware of the other drivers on the road. Drunk drivers, sleep deprived drivers, and even animals are a few things to keep an eye out for as you drive at night.



While driving at night, you will want to make sure to be as alert as possible to help avoid any accidents. Before driving make sure to avoid any medications that might make you drowsy. It is also important to make sure you are well rested before driving at night, especially if you are driving for a long distance. You can also have someone ride with you, to help keep you awake or switch drivers.



The lights are the most important part of your vehicle at night. They help you to see as you drive, as well as having others see you. Make sure to inspect the headlights, taillights, and blinkers to make sure they are working properly and illuminate the correct areas. Make sure the lenses of the headlights are clean and clear. Grime and other debris can impair the amount you can see on the road in front of you. It is important to have the brake lights working well also. This gives the drivers behind you enough warning and reaction time when you have to stop gradually or suddenly.



Another way to help drive safe at night is to know how to reduce the glare from the lights of other drivers. If a vehicle is approaching you from the opposite direction with the lights on bright, you can divert your gaze down to the side. You can use the lane marker or painted median strip as a guide as they pass. If someone is behind you with the lights on bright, you can use the reduced glare setting on your rearview mirror.



Part of being an alert driver at night is being able to put down the gadgets and devices as you drive. If you need to use your cell phone or other device, make sure you come to a complete stop at a safe and convenient place. A cell phone, GPS navigational system, or even an integrated system like OnStar should be used when you are stopped. This can help you from becoming distracted while driving and can also help you to prevent an accident.



Keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle can help reduce stress if your vehicle encounters an issue at night. If a tire goes flat or a belt snaps, you will want to have some items so you can help identify the problem. Items such as jumper cables, extra oil, tools like wrenches, bottle water, a granola or snack bar, and flashlights can all become handy in an emergency situation.

Having a Reliable Vehicle when you Travel


Making sure that you are checking certain things before you go on trips will help you to get better gas mileage, engine performance and even better safety. You will surely be able to enjoy being able to have a better trip this way. There are many things that you should be doing along with getting the right gas for your trip. You will also need to make sure that you have the right amount of antifreeze. Making sure your tires are inflated correctly will allow you to avoid a tire blowing out or a flat as you are driving.




An engine that runs hot will cause numerous kinds of mechanical problems. You can prevent this by simply making sure that you are filling up the tank with the right amount of antifreeze. By not waiting for the indicator to tell you that you are low, you will be able to stop problems before they start. Make sure that you know where the reservoir is in your engine as well as how to tell how much is in there. By adding enough to top it off all the way to the fullest limit will help in making sure that you get better engine function.




A short tire inspection will make all of the difference when driving down the road. Make sure that you will be able to use a tire gauge so that you will be able to have the perfect pressure in your tires. If you are not sure what this is supposed to be, you can check on the inside panel of the driver’s side door. This will provide you with the information you are looking for. Also, make sure that you are checking the tires on the outside wall for marks or scratches.




To help improve the visibility when you drive, you should clean the windshield. Also make sure to check the windshield wipers to ensure they are in the best condition possible. These will help in making sure that you can remove more dirt and grime from your windshields. By topping off with the right amount of windshield washer fluid, you will be able to make sure that you are able to remove objects from your windshield as you are driving. Improving your visibility can help improve the safety of you and your passengers when you drive. If you notice something out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.




When a Wheel Alignment is Needed



If you drive down poorly maintained roads, drive through potholes, or even hit a curb, your alignment can be greatly affected. This can cause even the slightest, tiniest alignment issue, which can accelerate uneven tire wear. Make sure you have your alignment checked every 6,000 miles. If you are not sure how often to have your vehicle maintained, make sure to contact us so we can advise you on a correct schedule.


A wheel alignment ensures optimal drivability, because it will help your tires last longer, your vehicle drive smoother, ultimately keeping your wheels pointed in the right direction. Your vehicle will require less energy to keep going, potentially saving a ton of fuel depending on how much alignment was required. When your vehicle rolled off the manufacturer assembly line, it came preset with special angles that position your tires correctly. In order for your vehicle to travel the way it is supposed to, it will need precise alignment. Poor alignment can lead to uneven tire wear, poor handling and shorter tire life.


Ideally, tires should wear evenly across the tread. If you are noticing excessive wear on the rear inside tires, you may need an alignment adjustment. Uneven tire wear can also result in poor fuel mileage and more pain at the gas pump. Poor alignment can shorten a tire’s life by thousands of miles and compromise very crucial steering and suspension parts. If you do not want to replace tires as often and enjoy the benefits of better fuel economy, have your alignment checked, at the very least, with every other oil change or at the first sign of uneven or premature tire wear.


There are some noticeable signs that could indicate a misalignment. If the vehicle is pulling in one direction or the other, you may need to have the vehicle aligned. Also look for any signs of uneven tire wear. If you are unsure about your current alignment, please give us a call. Tire misalignment can be so subtle that you may not even realize it. Also remember to bring your vehicle in anytime you notice something out of the norm with it, as this can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle again.


Knowing what the Gaskets are








The engine in your vehicle is among the most important things you should pay attention to. If you notice anything unusual from the engine, you should bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. After all, without the engine, there is no possibility that you will be able to drive down the road. There are a few different things that you can do in order to accomplish this. Among the often ignored items that you need is gaskets. These provide a seal, which allows engines to not leak fluids and also helps in making sure that the engine will not release any kinds of vapors it needs to maintain pressure. If any lights illuminate on the dashboard when you drive, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can so we can check for the source of the issue. This may even include checking the gaskets in your vehicle. The kinds of gaskets you will need will depend on where you are using them. Those which hold in engine bearings will differ greatly from those being used near the cams. It is important make sure that you are not only buying the right kinds of gaskets. It is important to make sure that they are installed correctly. This will help in making sure that your engine will work properly at all times. It will also help to extend the life of your engine as long as possible.



When there is an issue, it is important to know what kind of gaskets you will need to replace them with. While many will be made out of a high grade rubber, there are others which are made from steel or aluminum. The idea is to get the gasket which will properly create the tight seal between the two components. This will help in making sure that the fluids are kept running from one location to another without any hassles. These work by forming to the two pieces which are being joined together and creating a tight seal which nothing will be able to pass through.



After purchasing the gaskets, make sure to schedule an appointment and bring the vehicle in so we can change them for you. Having them installed properly is important because if you have it off just slightly upon installation it can ruin the gasket and create a bad seal. Many will only be able to be used once. This means that any mistakes are highly costly. We can replace the gaskets so your vehicle is back to being safe and reliable again.



Another important part of the service for engines is to inspect the gaskets during certain service visits. Looking for any wear on a gasket or any signs that they are decreasing in quality. This will help in making sure that any problems which they might be encountering can be solved by replacing them as quickly as possible. The new gaskets will allow you to have the tight seal you noticed whenever you first bought the car. This will allow for a quieter engine and better performance.




Why the Suspension is Important



One of the many benefits of having a vehicle is that it will allow you to drive just about anywhere. Getting great comfort is also important in making sure that you will be able to enjoy driving in your vehicle. A lot of what will allow you to have great comfort includes the ability to have a good suspension system installed in your vehicle. This will help to absorb the different bumps that you will encounter as well as making sure that you will be able to stay on course easier while you are driving on rough terrain. The kind of suspension you will need will depend on a few different factors. The majority of people need to have tight suspension systems because of the hard, smooth streets that they drive on. Those who drive off road will need slightly looser suspension. Getting the right kind of suspension is possible by bringing your vehicle in. This can help you to be able to get the most out of your vehicle when driving on any terrain. You will also be able to notice better fuel efficiency whenever you are using the right kind of suspension system in your vehicle.



One of the best ways to keep the suspension in the best condition is to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenances. This is important because we can check the suspension for how it is wearing. If parts need to be repaired or replaced, this can be done in a timely manner so you can get back to a comfortable driving experience. Good suspension will help make sure that your vehicle will be able to stay as close to the ground as possible. It will help in making sure that you will be able to get better aerodynamic resistance from your vehicle. You will also notice that it is possible for you to be able to get the kind of help needed so that whenever you encounter bumps at great speeds, it will not cause your steering and suspension to be completely out of control. You will be able to maintain control even at the highest speeds this way.



If you prefer to drive off road, you will need to make sure that you are using loose suspension. This will help in making sure that you will be able to absorb all of the shock of going over large obstacles as well as the shock of dropping back to the ground afterwards. This will help make sure that your vehicle will not be ratcheted in several different directions at once simply because you are going over rough terrain.



If you go between street and off road driving by using an SUV, it is important to have the ability to switch between suspension systems. The system will tighten up or loosen the suspension depending on where you are driving. Some will allow you to control conditions like rough terrain, street, and sand. Others will simply allow you to switch between street and off road. Make sure that you are getting all of the options that you will need in order to maintain the best control over your vehicle while you are driving. The more control you have, the safer your vehicle will be.



Inspecting the Lights on your Vehicle



To help keep your vehicle safe, it is important to follow the recommended maintenance schedule. One of the areas includes the lights. This will be the headlights, taillights, and blinkers of the vehicle. These are important because not only do they help your visibility, but it can also help others to see where you at or which direction you are turning. Also make sure the light is still operating. It is easier than you might think to smash a headlight or taillight on your vehicle. You might reverse into a parking space in the dark and not see a pillar or rail sticking out ready to crunch into your taillight. If you notice any issues with the lights, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can repair the light for you.




If the headlight or taillight is not operating correctly, knowing if it should be replaced completely can be determined on the condition. It will depend how badly the light has been smashed or damaged. The same applies to the actual casing around the bulb. If half of it is missing and the other half is in tiny shards, you are not going to be able to do a proper repair job. However, you might occasionally get lucky and find that the taillight is merely scratched or cracked. If this is the case a minor repair job may be all that is needed to repair it sufficiently.




Another important thing to think about if you do have a smashed headlight or taillight is that it will reduce your level of safety on the road today. The headlights allow you to see, as well as oncoming traffic and people to see you. The taillights are also important because drivers that are approaching you will be able to see where you are. This will increase the overall safety of your vehicle. The turn signals are also important because those around you will know what direction you will be turning. This can help prevent an accident if someone tries to pass you on the side you are turning. The same is true for anyone who tries to turn in front of you while you are turning.




In the end, it does not matter how the headlight or taillight got broken in the first place. It is important to get it mended as soon as you possibly can. You should certainly try and get it fixed before you head out onto the road. This will reduce the chance of being stopped by a cop, but also increase the safety of the vehicle. Always remember to bring your vehicle in if you notice any sign of an issue. This can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.