If your car has been sitting parked for a long period of time, it’s important to monitor it for certain maintenance items. Whether it’s an impact on your car’s reliability or its safety, you need to make sure you take care of your idle vehicle. These tips on how to care for your car while it sits idle will help you combat any long-term issues that can arise from not driving around town.
Keep an eye on your tires.
Your vehicle is heavy, which is why it should come as no
surprise that a vehicle sitting on its tires too long can actually ruin the
tires. When a car sits, flat spotting can occur on the tires. Flat spotting is
when the weight of your vehicle has flattened out a portion of your tire’s
rubber. Keep an eye out for this occurrence, and make sure you regularly check
your tire pressure.
Think about exterior protection.
If your car is parked in a garage, you don’t have to worry
about your exterior much. If you park your car outside, though, it’s important
to consider getting a waterproof cover to prevent your car’s paint job from
being damage. After all, over time your car’s exterior might accumulate things
like tree sap, water spots, and bird poop.
Check your battery.
Your battery can start to discharge over a long period of
idleness, leaving you with a dead battery. Make sure you don’t have to jump
start your car in the future and keep your battery working well. Consider
plugging it into a battery tender or disconnecting the battery.
Consider going on a short drive to nowhere.
Exercising your engine is a solid way to keep it in working
order. Consider taking your car on a simple, short drive around the block every
now and then to keep it in working order, or even take it on your weekly trip
to the grocery store if you absolutely have to go.
If your vehicle has a serious maintenance issue that needs expert attention, don’t hesitate to call us here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Chilliwack.
Winter weather in BC can get harshly cold. When you have to make your morning commute, it can be difficult to want to leave your warm toasty house when you know you have to get into a cold car. To keep you cozy this winter, remember these tips on how to warm your car up quickly.
Turn on your
ignition, but don’t start your engine. Doing this will help you get hot air
quickly, since the engine will be primed. When the engine is primed, it will
produce heat quickly.
Idle for a bit.
Once your engine is primed, you want to idle your vehicle for about 30 seconds
to a minute. This will help the heater core produce warm air.
Time to go. Driving
your car will actually help it warm up faster. That’s because your engine will
warm up, allowing more hot air to pass into your cabin. Modern vehicles usually
only need about 30 seconds to warm up, so you won’t have to suffer in the cold
Think about where
you’re pointing the hot air. When your car is finally warmed up, you want
to direct the warm air at you and your passenger’s chest to help your bodies
warm up quickly. Then, once you’re warm again, direct the heat toward your
feet, since heat rises.
Contact us here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram for more tips on keeping your vehicle in peak condition during BC’s extreme winters.
On Jan. 1 every year, people around the world decide to take advantage of the New Year’s clean slate to set new goals for themselves. If you’re struggling to think of some resolutions for yourself this year, then why not consider improving your driving habits? Here are a few New Year’s resolutions for drivers that you should add to your list.
Don’t Drive Distracted
We all know that driving distracted is bad, but many people
admit to still doing just that. From texting while driving to fiddling with the
radio and eating snacks on the go, all of these distractions can make it
difficult to keep an eye on the road. For 2020, make a resolution to prevent
distracted driving. That means putting your phone away where it can’t distract
you, waiting to eat until you get home, and using your car’s steering
wheel-mounted controls to change your radio station.
Practice Safe Driving Habits
Along with not driving distracted, there are other safe
driving habits that you should add to your resolutions list. Make sure you
always buckle your seat belt, drive the speed limit, and make sure you don’t
tailgate while driving. Also, remember to always use your turn signal to
indicate where you’re going and drive defensively.
Keep Up With Your Car’s Maintenance
Life gets busy, which makes it hard to remember when you
need to bring your car in for its routine maintenance. In the new year, strive
to keep up with your car’s maintenance so it continues to run smoothly into the
years to come.
O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram wishes you a great (and safe) New Year’s. And remember to schedule your vehicle’s routine maintenance appointment, if you need new tires, an oil change, or a wheel alignment this winter.
Highway road conditions throughout British Columbia in the winter can be unpredictable. With rapid elevation changes that lead to a mixture of snow, ice, sunshine, and rain, it’s important that you understand how to be ready for driving in any condition. These winter driving tips will help you better handle the cold months ahead.
Obey Winter Tire and Chain Signs
Throughout BC, you will find there are areas that require you to have either winter tires or chains. You shouldn’t go past these signs without the proper equipment. Instead, make sure you switch to your winter tires early on and consider driving with chains in your trunk to ensure you’re ready for anything.
Carry an Emergency Kit
You never know what might happen on the road ahead. Make sure you always carry an emergency kit with you while driving to ensure you’re not stranded in freezing temperatures without proper kit.
Drive for the Conditions
When winter weather affects road conditions, it’s important to drive intelligently. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, slow down your speed to match the road conditions, and avoid sudden movements.
Know How to Handle Skidding
If you find yourself skidding on a slick road, don’t slam on the brakes and over-steer. Instead, gently ease off the accelerator or brake, then look and steer in the direction you want to head.
Ensure that your travels are safe ones this winter when you take your vehicle in for a service appointment here at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.