What You Need to Know about Tires for Safe Winter Driving

Safe winterdriving doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the result of an attentive, skilleddriver in control of a well-maintained vehicle that has been prepared forseasonal road conditions. Essential to that preparation is ensuring you havethe right tires.

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Winter Driving Crash Course

Fotolia_122230692_Subscription_Monthly_MLate winter can often be one of the most dangerous times for driving, even in the desert. Cold fronts over moderate temperatures often lead to sleet and freezing rain, making road treacherous in a hurry.

To increase your chances of getting to your destination safely, follow these winter driving tips: Continue reading Winter Driving Crash Course

Winter’s Not Over Yet! Keep Your Car Winterized.

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We’ve given you tips for how to get your car ready for winter to prevent accidents and breakdowns. But there’s still months of winter left to go. Here’s how to keep your car in shape for winter driving:

Top Off Your Fluids

Engine performance depends on a number of fluids—fuel (for combustion), oil (for lubrication) and water (for cooling). Everyone knows when and why to add fuel, but the under-the-hood fluids are often neglected. Continue reading Winter’s Not Over Yet! Keep Your Car Winterized.

Tips for Safe Winter Driving

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Quanz Auto Body is Albuquerque’s choice for auto body repair, but that doesn’t mean we want to see you in our garage because of an accident on wet or icy roads. To avoid fender benders and major-damage collisions, learn how to drive safely in winter conditions.

Winter Driving Dos

When you need to venture out in the cold: Continue reading Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Winter Accidents? Here’s What You Need to Know

While most fatal car accidents occur during the summer and fall, winter weather can cause potentially deadly road conditions – especially here in Albuquerque, where weather can be unpredictable. Snow, slush, and ice can make it hard to stop, start, or turn, especially if you are in an emergency. Every year, about Continue reading Winter Accidents? Here’s What You Need to Know

Are you Comfortable Driving on Icy Roads?

Many roads can be wet or icy during this time of year in New Mexico. Snowfall can cause dangerous driving conditions that can leave you unable to see a few feet in front of you or make the roads so slick, causing accidents. In order to help you, and other drivers on the road, get to your final destination safely, we’ve put together some tips to keep you safe. Continue reading Are you Comfortable Driving on Icy Roads?

Fall Car Care Tips

Yup, it’s that time of year again. For kids, fall means going back to school after a nice long summer. For adults, it means raking up the falling leaves and getting ready for the winter season. In order to help you get ready for the winter months, we’ve put together a list of some fall car care tips to get you ready for the dropping temperatures. Continue reading Fall Car Care Tips

Quanz Picks for Best Winter Driving Performance

Some winter preparations merely require that you turn things on/off (before you need them) or do a visual check, and if everything works and looks as it should, there’s no need to do anything else. However, if your winterizing checks reveal that your car’s performance or reliability may be compromised by inclement weather, you may need to make some minor investments. Continue reading Quanz Picks for Best Winter Driving Performance

Get Your Car Ready for Winter

The Halloween candy you haven’t already eaten will leave your house in the sacks of trick-or-treaters, and relatives will soon be rolling up the driveway to share your Thanksgiving feast. These are sure signs that winter is on the way…and with it, cold temps, snowy roads and corrosive salt. It’s time to prepare your car now!

Systems Check

Ensuring that your vehicle can safely maneuver and keep you comfortable through harsh temperatures and wet roads may involve little more work than just checking various systems before you must rely on them.

Inside your car:

√ Check your heater and defroster.

If your engine temperature gauge points above the C, but your interior environment isn’t getting any warmer, you may have a faulty heater coil.

Under the hood:

√ Check for battery corrosion.

If your battery is over three years old, it’s also a good idea to make sure it can hold a charge.

√ Check belts and hoses.

Cold, dry air can make once-pliable belts brittle. If your hoses and belts are showing signs of wear, the change in weather conditions may bring on the tear, rip or break that spells disaster.

√ Check your 4WD system.

Familiarize yourself with how to engage your 4WD system and how it feels (you might want to test it out on roadways a bit rougher than pavement…check your owner’s manual for recommendations).

Outside the car:

√ Check your tire pressure.

In the summer, because hot air expands, we typically recommend inflating your tires one to two psi less than the manufacturer recommendations. In the winter, fill ‘em up. Also, if you’re planning on enjoying the slopes, you might want to invest in snow tires before heading up to Angel Fire.

√ Check your paint.

Nicks and chips in your paint expose panels and other structures to moisture and salt, inviting severe corrosive damage.

Fluids Check

Although winter is cold, improper lubrication and coolant levels can lead to overheating and engine damage. Make sure that:

√ Your oil is at an adequate level and the right viscosity for the weather.

Cold air keeps fluids thicker. Your owner’s manual may recommend a different thickness for summer and winter conditions.

√ Your coolant and water mixture is 50/50.

Many coolant solutions come premixed, but if you’re not sure, it may be worth having your system flushed.

As winter approaches, get in the habit of filling up your gas tank when it’s half empty. Keeping a full tank will keep fuel lines from freezing. If you’re going to be encountering extreme temperatures, a fuel additive (like Heet) will provide additional protection.

Maximize Visibility

Preventing winter auto mishaps has more to do with preventing breakdowns. It also means preventing accidents. To avoid crashes, make sure you can see what’s coming:

√ Get new wiper blades.

√ Fill up your windshield wiper fluid…with a formulation made for low temperatures to avoid freezing on contact.

√ Clean your headlamps and replace burnt out bulbs or blown fuses.

Of course, accident prevention is also aided by defensive driving. Expect that to be covered in a later blog.

Prepare for the Worst

Winterizing your car will significantly decrease the chances of being stranded roadside, but be prepared for stalls or accidents. Make sure your car is equipped with an emergency kit. We recommend:

√ Extra clothes, non-perishable food and water

√ Ice scraper

√ Shovel

√ Tool kit

√ Jumper cables

√ Spare windshield wiper blades and tire

√ Material to provide traction (e.g sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter)

Also, know the numbers and provisions of your roadside assistance policy. If you don’t have one, get one.

If you have any questions about what maintenance your car needs to ready it for winter driving, contact Quanz Advanced Auto Body. We can look up your manufacturer’s recommendations and schedule any necessary service.