It's a safe bet that anywhere you look on the roads, you are sure to find a pothole after this winter. 2020 was sure to end with a surprise, and the brutal winter entering 2021 was the icing on the cake for many! With record-breaking snow in some areas resulting in an unprecedented number of potholes appearing on roads and highways across the country, causing considerable damage and unexpected, costly car owners' repairs.
Our vehicle's suspension system, otherwise known as shocks and struts, is something we often take for granted. Some people believe the suspension is mainly about having a smooth ride. Therefore these repairs aren't as necessary as other maintenance issues like oil changes or brakes. However, having bad suspension can affect your ability to control the vehicle, especially when stopping or turning, so it's in your best interest not to ignore this part of auto repair.
How do you know when it's time for suspension repair? Your vehicle will give you four hints.
Your car is an investment, not only in the car itself, but in your ability to go where you want, when you want. So, it’s extremely important to have a service partner for your vehicle that you can trust to keep your vehicle safe and operating properly.
Using some of the guidelines of ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) and the Better Business Bureau, let’s look at what a good service partner should look like.
Newer model vehicles are equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to warn drivers that at least one of their tires is underinflated. The dashboard light looks like an exclamation point inside of a horseshoe and, if illuminated, should be addressed immediately.
When the TPMS light goes on, it should not be ignored. Driving on underinflated tires can lead to an accident or cause damage to your vehicle. Check your tire pressure monthly including your spare as part of a proactive maintenance plan.
A pre-trip vehicle check can determine how road-ready your vehicle is so you can take steps to have any problems fixed before heading out for vacation.
Before you hit the road, Calvert Automotive recommends a vehicle check to help avoid the inconvenience, potential safety hazards and unplanned expense of breaking down miles away from home.
Slow down. If more drivers followed this tip in the rain, accidents would dramatically decrease. Wet weather doesn’t receive the same attention as winter weather driving, but it should. Wet roads present similar dangers-less grip and longer stopping distance, for example.
Here are some tips for driving safely on wet roads:
- Make sure your tires offer the proper amount of tread.
- Drive with two hands. Always.
- Slow down before turning, and maintain a consistent speed throughout the turn.