It is important to properly maintain your vehicle, especially in the winter. Maintenance during the cold months can go a long way toward protecting your car against severe weather, and keeping you safe while you are on the road. Even though they might cost you extra money now, over time, your bank account will come out ahead!
Getting the underside of your car sprayed won’t prevent every problem, but it can go a long way toward preventing rust and wire corrosion. And remember to clean the inside of your car at the end of winter, too. Salt can damage the interior of your car, and many companies will do a salt removal package for your car’s interior.
Wiper Blades and Windshield Washer Fluid
Check your wiper blades regularly, and replace them if they don’t clear your windshield in a single swipe. Buy blades for winter since they will hold up better in snowy, icy conditions. Also be sure to buy windshield washer fluid that is designed winter. It won’t freeze like summer fluid can, and it will do a better job of cleaning your windshield.
On mild days in the winter, go to the car wash and rinse the salt and grime off (be careful not to rinse of the oil spray you paid for!). Doing this will not only keep your car looking better but also help prevent rust and corrosion.
Winter Maintenance Package
If aren’t good at working on your car (or simply don’t want to) most service shops offer a winterization package that will do all of these things plus make sure your vehicle is in good working condition. This can more than pay for itself by preventing issues, and catching minor ones before they get more serious.
If you are environmentally-conscious but still want a car that can perform, the 2017 Kia Rio is the car for you. This subcompact sedan offers great standard and optional features at an affordable price.
The new Rio comes in two models, a sedan and four-door hatchback. That makes it convenient for drivers who want either a roomy backseat or an impressive cargo option. The car really excels, though, when it comes acceleration. With a 1.6 liter, four-cylinder engine, this vehicle’s 138 horsepower output give it real zippiness. In fact, those measurements give the Rio some of the most powerful engines of any subcompact car in the class. And, with 31 mpg during mixed driving conditions, the Rio has acceptable fuel economy. It is not hard to see why it is a great option for environmentally-friendly drivers who still demand performance from their vehicle.
Even better, for a subcompact vehicle, the 2017 Kia Rio offers a roomy cabin. The front seat adjusts for height, and the steering wheel tilts and telescopes. That provides a comfortable ride for the driver and three passengers. The Rio offers a smooth ride due to its upgraded wheels and sporty suspension features. For a long trip, the subcompact delivers considerable trunk space. If you want even more room, the back seats fold down to more than double the available storage capacity of the vehicle. Finally, for those who want peace of mind when purchasing their vehicle, the Rio offers a famous extended warranty that covers many parts of the car. Instead of worrying about covering the cost of repairs, Rio owners zip through traffic in their sporty subcompacts.
If you are looking for an affordable, all-around vehicle, the 2017 Kia Rio is tough to beat. Bessada Kia offers several of these vehicles. A test drive might convince you that the Rio is the perfect option for your next vehicle.
Winter driving safety begins before you ever leave your driveway on a snowy or icy day. Get a winter maintenance checkup on your vehicle, and make sure you install four winter tires and wipers that clear the windshield in a single swipe. In inclement weather, always leave home with a full gas tank and plenty of windshield wiper fluid. Be sure to turn on your lights so you are more visible.
Most winter collisions occur because people are driving too fast for the conditions. The most important things you can do are to slow down and leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Steer gently on curves on the road, and avoid braking suddenly, which can cause you to skid. If possible, when going uphill, maintain a slow, steady speed. Avoid using cruise control. If you do skid, steer in the direction you want to go, being careful not to oversteer.
Pay attention to your driving and put away anything that might distract you, especially your cellphone.
Drive on main roads instead of side roads because they are more likely to be plowed.
As usual, slow down move to the right for emergency vehicles, and avoid passing snowplows on the right.
Pack an emergency kit in your trunk. It should include:
- Jumper cables
- Kitty litter or sand
- Windshield wiper fluid and fuel line antifreeze
- Warm clothing, footwear and blankets
- Water and non-perishable food
Happy New Year from Bessada Kia!
You may have made some New Year’s resolutions for yourself, but it’s also important to make some for your car. Taking care of it properly can make it safer to drive, and help it last longer, too, which will save you money in the long run. Here are the most important maintenance tasks to do regularly.
Keep your car clean – inside and out! Going to the car wash on warm winter days is a great idea – you’ll get the chance to rinse off salt before it starts to damage the body. Vacuum and wipe down the interior regularly so it looks and smells better.
Check your tire pressure. Cold winter temperatures mean that tire pressure will go down. Resolve to check the tire pressure regularly, especially if the temperature drops quickly. Even a slight reduction in tire pressure will reduce the life of the tires, reduce fuel efficiency and reduce their ability to perform well.
Rotate your tires. They will wear evenly and last longer.
Commit to regular maintenance. Check your vehicle regularly for fluid leaks, and schedule seasonal tune-ups and oil changes as recommended by the manufacturer.
Relax when you drive. Accelerating quickly when driving can dramatically increase fuel usage, so taking it easy on the road will save you money on gas and wear and tear on your vehicle.
Stop idling. It’s bad for the environment, not to mention your car, your bank account and anyone who is near your car breathing in the exhaust. The best way to warm up your car is to drive it at a moderate speed.
Pay attention to engine lights. Many people ignore these warning lights, which can mean that a minor problem turns into a major one. Take your car in when a light first comes on and you’ll likely be glad you did.