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9 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter Weather

Winterizing your vehicle is a wise idea, says the Car Care Council.  An investment of an hour or two to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind and help avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown during severe weather.

“The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A vehicle check before the temperatures drop is a sensible way to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold and with the unexpected expense of emergency repairs.”

Getting stuck in traffic

Nobody truly yearns to be in the heat constantly, occasionally it's nice to roll down the windows and cruise; but air conditioning was invented for a reason, so why let it malfunction? We recommend checking your vehicle’s A/C annually will help you keep your cool when temperatures soar.

A routine stop

We would like to remind motorists that routine brake inspections are completely necessary to adhere to safe driving and maintaining your vehicle.

“When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list, so have your brakes checked by an auto service professional at least once a year,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Knowing the key warning signs that your brakes may need maintenance will go a long way toward keeping you and others safe on the road.”

What is the difference between maintenance and repair?

There is a subtle difference between preventive maintenance and regular scheduled maintenance, both are equally important when it comes to car safety. Delaying Preventive and/or Scheduled maintenance can ultimately cause more economic strain as well as unnecessary risk to the driver and passengers.

Almost everyone understands the need of scheduled maintenance, like an oil change, most people do it regularly, when it comes to preventive maintenance they don’t realize that those $250 today to replace a component like a worn front wheel bearing...

Better Gas Mileage Tips

1. Go the speed limit. Use cruise control.

While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.25 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer. Additionally, using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

2. Drive Sensibly.

ASE Car Care Articles

Wondering How to Care for Your Car?

Get the answers you need from ASE, the industry expert in vehicle repair.

The most common question we hear from consumers is, “What do I need to do to take care of my car and avoid big repair bills?”

Fortunately, the answer is simple: Establish and follow a regular vehicle maintenance plan. A maintenance plan is essential for protecting your automotive investment and maximizing the reliability and safety of your vehicle.

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