Pothole problems are on the rise from year to year, but there is no time more dangerous than spring when it comes to this type of road issue. The increase in claims related to running gear damage is due to vehicles being subjected to excessive loads in winter months, due to poor driving conditions. As a result, running gear that has been well worn over the course of the winter months is likely to collapse at the slightest impact. It is recommended that vehicles receive maintenance and a running gear check between winter and spring.
In autumn, as opposed to any other season, more people report the failure of vehicle electronics. Being set between the humidity and heat of summer and the freezing temperatures of winter, autumn is exactly the time for vehicles to begin experiencing glitches in the function of their electronics. Humidity helps to accelerate the corrosion of electrical cable junctions, especially in those vehicles that have not been used for long periods of time.
Strangely, the changing weather conditions and seasons seem to take some drivers by surprise. Not only is it difficult to drive with temperature and road surfaces changes, but each brings its own list of technical problems for vehicles and unwary drivers. Due to the increased frequentness of potholes, drivers are forced to choose adequate speeds and driving manners, sometimes from mile to mile. Always keep in mind that there are minor problems to consider as well when driving. For instance, the brighter quality of sunlight in spring and summer may blind many drivers, particularly in the morning and evening hours.
● In spring, pay more attention to the running gear of the car by checking the serviceability of the braking system, shock absorbers, and tires. Tires will shallow tread depth must be replaced as soon as possible. Those with uneven depth must be balanced, and the pressure must always be adequate for the season-a slight increase in warmer seasons than in winter.
● If your vehicle is sporting studded winter tires, change them as soon as the season changes (generally October and May)
● Following winter, check all fluids in your vehicle. If needed, top up the engine oil, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. Also check coolant and windshield fluids. Make sure that everything has been filled to the proper level, and make sure that you are not experiencing any leaks.
● Clean any and all filters in the vehicle. Clogged or damaged air filters in particular increase fuel consumption.
● Make sure that the heating and cooling systems are functioning properly, as the cooling system may need topped off with freon. Not to mention, no one wants to go without heat in the winter or a cool breeze in the middle of a sweltering summer.
● Take care of your visibility. Make sure to carefully clean the headlights and any other lights on your vehicle. Make sure to get all of the mud, dirt, and salt that may have built up over the winter. Also be sure to check the wiper blades. Clean them well when needed, replace them immediately if worn out.
And no matter what you do or where you go, be sure that you have the number of your insurance agent and a local roadside assistance service that you trust. In the event that you are out of the area of your normal roadside assistance service, be sure to either call a local service that you trust, or call your insurance agent to find a great roadside assistance service nearby.
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