This season, many people hop in the car after running out during a cold morning, fire it up, and drive off. And while in many cases there’s nothing ‘wrong’ with that, you may be putting unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle without you knowing. See below to see if you’re putting your car at risk and how you can stop that from becoming a larger issue down the line. 

Are Your Records Up To Date?

It’s important to know your service intervals — for everything you’ve done to your car. Quite frankly, if you can’t think of the last time you had a specific service performed, there’s a good chance that it’s been way too long and you’re overdue for one. Make sure to write this down or keep notes on your phone describing what you had done, and when.

Are You Keeping It Clean?

Nobody is expecting you to get outside and pamper your car with a detail on a cold morning — but it’s important to understand what you should be doing to keep your driving capabilities in check. Try to get an undercarriage hose-off once per month if there’s been snow and salt on the road. This is mainly to help slow down the drying out of certain parts and prevent corrosion from occurring on the frame and other pieces of metal.

Driving Habits Are Key

Remember, the first piece of safety in a car comes from the person who is driving, and when bad weather is upon you, it’s important to know how many things you need to do in order to stay safe. Keep yourself alert at all times for changing road conditions and drivers that pose a threat to your overall safety.

Southport Automotive is Fairfield County’s premier service station for all things Automotive. In business since 1981, we’ve helped get thousands of Connecticut residents back on the road faster, and for longer. To learn more about how we can help your vehicle stay in its best shape, please give us a call at 203-259-3839. For more tips and tricks, make sure to like us on Facebook!