Winter is rolling out, and spring will take its place before we know it. Is your car ready for a road trip? Check out what Ron, our service manager, has to say when it comes to spring car maintenance tips!
Change the Wipers
Do you use your windshield wipers during winter? If you do,
odds are the rubber wiper blades have taken quite a hit from the snow, ice, and
cold. That can leave the blades unable to clear the spring showers from your
Changing your wiper blades is something most drivers can do
at home. A replacement set doesn’t cost much compared to the cost of a fender
bender because you couldn’t see.
It’s important to make sure your view of the road is free
and clear. Your windshield wipers are the first line of defense to an
Check the Battery
Your car can’t start without a functioning battery.
Performing a battery inspection can help avoid any unexpected surprises. Open
the hood and perform a visual inspection for any bulges or bumps. Tighten all
the connections and scrape any corrosion off of the posts. If it’s been more
than three years, consider replacing the battery altogether.
Wash the Exterior
A harsh winter can lead to salt and debris buildup that can
harm your car’s paintjob. Wash every inch and crevice of your car. Once the
paint shines in the sunlight, apply a coat of wax.
We know it feels like summer just started, but it is time to start thinking about heading back to school already. If you are a student or teacher and have been enjoying your time off, be sure to plan some back to school car care before that first bell rings.
We now have a Chevy Express Service Center at Amesbury Chevrolet that is designed to make getting service done easier and faster, no appointment needed.
Routine Maintenance. You don’t want to have to worry about oil changes when you should be studying or grading papers. Make sure your car is caught up on all of its routine scheduled maintenance. In addition to oil changes, this includes checks on all fluids, brakes, belts, etc.
Tires. Low tire pressure is dangerous and can cause a big dip in your car’s fuel economy. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have adequate tread depth.
Emergency Kit. Be prepared for when an emergency happens with some basic supplies. Keep items like jumper cables, a blanket, a first aid kit, a flashlight, a fully charged spare cell phone, and some non-perishable snacks in your car.
First of all, don’t text and drive. But we know what you’re doing. You parked your Chevy Cruze in your driveway, and you don’t want to get out because it’s cold. Well, crank up the heat and idle your Cruze a little longer as you check out this list of the best beaches in Massachusetts. It’ll give you some inspiration for when the air outside doesn’t hurt your face. Also? Bring some hot cocoa along in a thermos tomorrow.
Pretend You Are a Bear
The Chevrolet Traverse is pretty spacious. Spacious enough to hibernate in. Also, remember what I said about the beach next summer? Bears actually lose 40% of their fat while they hibernate, so hibernating is a great way to get beach-ready after the holidays. If you wish you could live that bear life this winter, check out these top ten facts about bears.
Trucks are designed to be the more durable vehicles on the market, making them a prime choice for drivers who are constantly working on home projects. Hauling dirt and bricks is a simple task for most trucks. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 12,500 lbs. when properly equipped. Imagine trying to move heavy bricks in the back of a sedan.
Harsh weather is an unfortunate occurrence in many climates, but trucks are built to handle the worst of the worst. Northern areas often experience slick winters that leave cars stranded on the side of the road. Fortunately, Chevrolet trucks can power through with their versatile four-wheel drive configuration. The heat isn’t a big factor for most trucks either. A properly-equipped truck can be driven year round with no major consequences.
Conquering the open road is largely dependent on safety features. While cars are built to crumple strategically upon impact in order to protect occupants, a truck is designed to power through whatever comes across its path. A higher ride height offers increased safety as well.
Road trip safety is a big deal whether you’re driving cross-country with your buddies all summer or driving your family a few hours to your favorite vacation spot. Being prepared and following these tips is the best way to keep your road trip from turning into a bust.
Road Trip Safety Tips for Your Car
Before you leave, have your car inspected and stock it up with emergency items like a spare tire, tools, and a first aid kit. Make sure you have plenty of non-perishable snacks like granola bars along with water and a change of clothes. Since it’s summer, it’s a good idea to pack something that will cool you off, like a battery-powered fan.
Road Trip Safety Tips for Yourself
Try not to take long trips alone unless you have to, and make your companions take a few legs of the drive. Being well-rested is essential on long drives, so get a good night sleep the night before and take breaks every few hours.
Drive cautiously, and do what you can to avoid heavy traffic areas during busy times. Not only is this a more dangerous time to drive, but it will frustrate you and add time to your trip!
Warmer weather means that there will be more pedestrians, more animals, and more bicyclists on the road. Sharing the road with bikes can be dangerous, especially if you do not know how to handle the situation. Driving alongside bicyclists is easy, as long as you take the necessary precautions.
Be Careful When Driving Alongside Bicyclists
According to Edmunds, one of the biggest dangers is that drivers often fail to understand a bike rider’s vulnerability. For example, a bike tends to be four thousand pounds lighter than the average car in the US. Plus, our brains often fail to recognize that bikes are smaller than cars; this can lead to driver’s cutting off bicyclists that they don’t see, or it can cause them to tailgate closer than intended. Always leave a little extra room for bikes.
Turning right is also dangerous when there are bikes on the road. An added blind spot you will have is behind you and to the right. If a bike decides to go straight as you turn right, a collision could occur. Always check this blind spot when turning.
Finally, many drivers need to adjust their attitudes towards bicyclists. As long as riders are over the age of 10, they are considered vehicles. That means they have to ride on the road, and they must obey traffic laws. Treat bikes as equals on the road, and be sure to have patience.