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Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Winter weather is heavy around this time of year, and more than ever it is important to make sure your vehicle is well prepared and ready for any weather condition that comes your way. The wet, rainy, icy, and snowy weather can make driving slightly more difficult, and will also require that your vehicle is in top condition to avoid trouble on the road. To keep safe on the road this winter, be sure to check off all of the following maintenance tips for your vehicle. 
Change Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers typically only last a year, and usually become dry and cracked over the hot summer time. A fresh pair of windshield wipers will make sure that you can see clearly on the road through rain and snow. 
Check Tires
Tires are a very important safety feature when it comes to your vehicle. Tires that are bald or worn down can be hazardous when driving in wet weather conditions, because it prevents your tires from having proper traction with the road, which can cause your vehicle to lose control unexpectedly. Have your local mechanic measure the tread of your tires and also ensure that your tires are well balanced and have proper alignment. 
Check All Lights (Headlights, Brake Lights, Blinkers, etc.)
Since it gets darker earlier in the winter and driving during the day is typically gloomy, it is important to make sure that all of your vehicle's exterior lights are working properly. Double check your headlights, brake lights, blinkers, and brights. Faulty lights can be dangerous while driving and any broken lights should be repaired as soon as possible. 
Test Defroster/Heater
It’s no secret that the winter is cold and a car heater is necessary to keep comfortable while driving. A properly working defroster is also necessary to defrost your windshields to see the road clearly and safely. If you notice an issue with the heater or defroster, make sure to see your local trusted mechanic to get those repaired before driving in the winter weather. 
Brake Inspection/Service
A good maintenance measure for winter is a brake inspection and service. Visit your local mechanic to look over your brakes to make sure that all parts are in proper working condition. Brakes are extremely important during the winter and an inspection will make sure that you are kept safe on the road. 
All of these winter vehicle maintenance tips will help you maintain safe driving on the road this season. If your vehicle needs any of the items listed above, bring your vehicle into Pete’s Auto Service in Charlotte or give us a call today at (704) 343-8431.
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