Winter Car Care Checklist
Oil Change- Most cars are 3k, some are 5k-7k. Check your vehicle's owner's manual to get on a good car car routine.
Tires- Check the pressure
and tread depth.
Battery- Ensure battery connectors are tight & terminals are free of corrosion. If your battery is more than 3 yrs old, have it tested and possibly replaced.
Wiper Blades- Wiper blades should completely clear with each swipe.
Make sure washer resevoir is filled.
Avoid Pothole Damage
CHECK YOUR TIRES! Hitting potholes with underinflated, worn tires poses more significant damage. Inflate tires to your vehicle's manufacturer's recommended tire pressure levels.
Inspect suspension. Make sure struts, shock absorbers and other suspension parts are in good condition. Changes in vehicle handling, excessive vibration or uneven tire wear can indicate damaged or worn parts. Have a certified auto service technician inspect the suspension if you suspect a problem.
Look Ahead! Be alert! Stay alert and check the road ahead to avoid potholes. Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions. Before swerving around a pothole, check your surroundings so you do not collide with another vehicle or endanger nearby pedestrians or cyclists.
Slow Down & Beware of puddles. If you cannot avoid a pothole, reduce your speed safely. Check the rearview mirror before braking abruptly. Hitting a pothole at higher speeds greatly increases the chance of tire, wheel and suspension component damage. Releasing the brakes just before hitting a pothole allows the wheel and tire to roll through the depression and helps minimize potential damage. Drive cautiously through puddles as they may be very deep potholes filled with water!
If you hit a pothole and suspect damage:
Get a Vehicle Inspection. Hard pothole impact can knock the wheels out of alignment and affect steering, or dislodge wheel weights, damage a tire or wheel, and bend or even break suspension parts. Have a qualified mechanic check the wheel alignment if the vehicle pulls to the left or right. Have the suspension inspected if you notice any new or unusual noises or vibrations.