Holiday travel is one of the most common times for road trips. But with that comes the unfortunate occurrence of breakdowns. Spend a few extra minutes and make sure your holiday trip is as safe as it can be. Before you go on that road trip, get a standard inspection service to make sure that your vehicle is up for the task of the cold weather and miles to come. This should include checking all fluids, changing the oil and filter if needed, an inspection of tires (purchasing new tires
or snow tires may be necessary), braking system, and steering and suspension systems.
Even after your vehicle has received a clean bill of health, it is important to be prepared for the unexpected. This time of year can lend itself to many unfortunate possibilities, such as unforeseen breakdowns, flat tires, accidents, road closures, and other issues. Every driver should have a roadside emergency kit in their trunk. These are readily available at most retailers, and most auto part stores. Tuck in a couple of blankets, some energy snacks, and water.
A tire failure while you're driving can be catastrophic--causing your car to go out of control or leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Make sure you take care of your tires before something goes wrong! There are several things you can check yourself to make sure your tires are in good shape.
• Tread Depth - The tread on your tires should never fall below 1/16 of an inch (1.6 millimeters) in depth. Twice that much is better if you regularly drive on slick, wet surfaces.
• Cracks in the Sidewall – Do a visual check of the sidewall for cracks or cuts. They could be a sign that your tire is developing a leak (or worse, that it's nearly ready to blow out).
• Bulges and Blisters – When the outer surface of the tire begins to weaken, it can result in a bulge or blister that extends outward from the rest of the surface. This weak spot can cause a sudden blowout. Don't put yourself, your passengers, and other motorists at risk.
• Excessive Vibration - Too much vibration is almost always a sign that something is wrong. There can be a number of causes--your tires are misaligned or unbalanced, your shock absorbers are starting to go, or that there's some sort of internal problem in the tire
Our staff here at Cannon Auto Repair would like to thank all of our customers for allowing us to take care of your vehicle throughout the year. As you take your road trips to spend time with friends and family, we wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season of wonderful memories filled with family, friends, and joy.
Need new tires for winter driving? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Cannon Auto Repair today by calling 507-263-2120 or go on-line at https://www.cannonautorepair.com for more information. Our auto shop serves vehicle owners in Cannon Falls, MN,
and the surrounding areas.