Many of us put off doing regular maintenance on our vehicles for a lot of reasons—busy schedules, an attitude of “I’ll get to it later,” or maybe a lack of knowledge about the consequences of not getting things taken care of quickly. Think about it—when was the last time you had your vehicle serviced right around the recommended mileage mark?
We get it, and we’re all guilty of it. We’re all human, and while we may take longer than recommended to take care of basic services for our vehicles, there’s one thing that can really put you at risk if it’s not repaired quickly: driving with a cracked windshield.
Now we’re not saying a cracked windshield is by far the most dangerous issue that can happen with your vehicle. There are many routine services that, depending on your situation, you should get taken care of first. But what we are saying is that a cracked windshield is the most common repair for people to put off—if they even end up getting it fixed at all—which is why it can be so dangerous.
If you get in a head-on collision or a rollover accident with a cracked windshield, it can shatter. This puts you and your passengers at a greater risk of serious injury from the broken glass. If a passenger doesn’t have their seatbelt fastened, a broken windshield also makes it much more likely for them to be ejected from the vehicle during an accident.
A broken windshield can also impact airbag deployment during an accident. When an airbag deploys, the windshield stops the airbag and pushes it toward the passenger. If the windshield is cracked and shatters during impact, the airbag can inflate out of the opening, leaving the passenger exposed without protection from airbag contact or the windshield.
A cracked windshield provides an opening for moisture and dirt to get inside your vehicle. This can make the crack spread faster, and also impacts the cab environment inside your car.
One of the most significant risks of driving with a cracked windshield is how it impairs your ability to see. Even if you think you can work around it and still see clearly around a crack in your windshield, this simply isn’t true. Why put yourself and other driver’s on the road at risk?
Each state has different laws for driving with a cracked windshield. But the fact is, you can get pulled over and given an expensive ticket. Anything that can put passengers or other drivers on the road at risk isn’t taken lightly. Avoid the risk and the potential cost for you by having your windshield replaced promptly.
Routine maintenance and regular tune-ups are a great way to get expert tips on chips or cracks in your windshield and other factors that could be impacting your safety on the road.
Has it been a while since your last preventative maintenance tune-up? Stop by your local Discount Tire in Logan and Providence, Utah and have the pro’s take a look for you!
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Summer is here and it's time to take that long-awaited, and much-needed vacation. Which calls for a... ROAD TRIP! Before you hop into the car and start your adventure, check out these tips so you are as prepared as you can be!
Planning is an important part of a road trip. That being said, don't have a plan that is so set in stone that you miss out on the adventure of the trip. Have a route that is from point A to B, leaving room for detours and other site seeing. Check Google Maps so you have an idea of how long the travel time will be, roads that might be close, and maybe get an idea of a couple sites that may be off the beaten path.
Depending on whether you are headed to the mountains or the beach, you may want to consider finding a vehicle that will match the terrain you will be driving on. If it's a short trip, do some research and see if renting a car may be the best option. This will save you from putting the miles on your own vehicle, retaining its value. Be sure to check the status of your tires, fluids, and lights to make sure all are in working order. If you don't feel comfortable doing this checkup, have the professionals and Discount Tire Co. in Logan and Providence do it for you!
One of the best compliments to the open road and the snacks is the music. Compiling your favorite songs and nice feel-good music will boost the moods and you hit the desolate areas of the trip. If you get sick of music, another good way to help some of the time passes is to listen to an audiobook.
As you pass through small towns, ask the locals for their advice. They will be able to give you the best advice for food, lodging, and sites to see. If you are lucky, you may even find a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that quickly becomes your favorite of all time.
If you know when you are going to reach your destination, and you know that you want to see a certain attraction, then book your entry in advance. Booking in advance will save you time and possibly missing out on if it sells out. Saving as much time for things like this will give you the chance to maximize your vacation.
Do adequate research before you leave and familiarize yourself with the route, geographical area, culture, currency differences, and weather. Pack accordingly, make sure your A/C is working, give family and friends a heads up on where you are going and simply be smart!!
Have your vehicle checked out by the professionals at Discount Tire Co., to ensure that your vehicle is ready to take on the open road. Schedule your appointment today.
As the weather warms up, your vehicle may show signs of a needed tune up. With more travel for vacation or visiting family, means more chances your car could break down and leave you stranded. This list will help prevent possible car troubles as you're out and about. Keep your car in tip top shape.
Your engine needs to stay as cool as you. Check the level of coolant fluid, condition of the hoses and also the coolant reservoir. Make sure that the fluid is topped off and the condition of the hoses are good. It’s a good idea to have a small container of coolant in the emergency bag in your trunk. Keep an eye out for leaks as you go through the summer months.
The belts found in your engine can degrade, become noisy, loose or even break. Making sure that these belts are in good conditions. Also make sure that they haven't become loose and have the right amount of tension. If you start to see cracks, ware and missing pieces, it's time to replace them.
Summer rain storms are most times always welcomed. But not so much when your wipers are worn and not doing their job, making it almost impossible to see out your windshield. Worn wipers create streaks across the windshield affecting your ability to see and drive safely. Wiper replacements are fairly inexpensive and easy to switch out without a professional's hand. However, sometimes auto maintenance shops will sell you the wipers and install them for free.
Your engine uses all sorts of fluids to ensure it runs correctly and smoothly. These fluids include oil, brake, power-steering and windshield-washer fluid. Check these fluids often. If you don't know where to check these fluids, ask your favorite automotive shop to show you. Check oil, brake, power-steering and windshield-washer fluids regularly. Also, be sure that as you check these fluids throughout different areas of the engine, to keep an eye out for other irregularities.
Having a working air-conditioning in your vehicle is a must. After a tough winter, your A/C may not be working at its best. Older A/C systems may be leaking Freon which isn't good for the atmosphere of your car. You can find a many options for leak-sealing products a stores. If this doesn't seem to help, there could be a bigger problem which may be looked at by a qualified mechanic.
This time of year is a good time to check your engines air filter. If you haven't checked it through the fall, winter and spring months, you may find leaves, pollens and all other sorts of outdoor debris clogging the filter. You could try to clean it or it might be easiest to buy a new one.
The condition of your tires should be checked throughout the year including regular rotations. Making sure the air pressure, tire threads, and side walls are all in good condition is important. No cracks, no uneven wear, good thread depth, and good sidewall condition are all considered when evaluating if a tire is in good condition. If you think that the condition of your tires may affect the safety of you and your family, consider purchasing a new set of tires. Also, make sure that your spare tire is in equally good condition.
Your dashboard sees a lot of sun. Using a sunshade while your car is parked can protect your dashboard from the damaging sun as well as keeping the interior of your vehicle cooler. The ultraviolet rays of the sun change the color of the dashboard over time. You could also consider purchasing a sunshade for your rear window, protecting the tops the and rear dash.
Keeping your car clean during the fall and winter months is difficult. Dirt is easily tracked into the vehicle with wet shoes. Dust begins to settle throughout the car as we neglect to clean the interior. This dust settles on the inside of the windshield making it difficult to see out when the sun hits it just right. Clean the inside of your vehicle as often as possible. This preserves the conditions of your seats and floors as well as keeping your windows safe to look out of. Don't stop with the inside. Clean the exterior of your vehicle preserving your paint and your shiny wheels. Finish the car wash was a good waxing.
Road trips are a good opportunity to bond with family and friends as well as seeing the sites of the world. Be sure that you are well stocked with drinks and snacks. Organize your trip ahead of time to maximize your time spent on vacation. Make a list of everything you're going to need. For example: sunglasses, games, snacks, blankets, books and anything else that will make you better prepared. Be sure to back an emergency kit to be placed in our truck; which should include water, flashlight, light snacks, flares, radio, and any other emergency preparedness items.
To make things easier, call Discount Tire Co. and schedule an appointment and we will look over your vehicle and make sure you and your family are safe. We are willing and able to make sure you're prepared to have a great summer!