With the dropping temperatures, your mind is already turning to your daily commute. One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is whether you need to buy winter tires for your vehicle. If you want the most confidence possible, here’s why winter tires are a safe bet.
Winter tires utilize different tread designs and winter-specific rubber compounds to put you in the best position come December and January. Anyone who lives in an area where temperatures drop below 45 degrees during the winter would be smart to buy winter tires, as their groove patterns prevent hydroplaning and keep you squarely on the road.
All-season tires do not provide the same confidence and security in frigid conditions as winter tires. The glass-transition temperature of an all-season tire is higher than that of a winter tire, meaning your winter tire stays grippy and soft for longer.
It is not advisable to only buy two winter tires for the rear or front wheels of your car. The disparity in traction between the two ends of your car could cause the end without winter tires to swerve out of control. The safest decision for Kentuckians in the winter is to equip your car with four winter tires.
If you want to meet winter head-on with a new-to-you vehicle, stop by Chip Wynn Motors and check out our vast selection of high-quality used vehicles.
Winter is coming once again, and that means a whole new set of challenges for Kentuckians on the road. If you want to stay ahead of the rough weather that’s likely to come, take the time to get your ride ready for the task and winterize your car.
Check Your Battery
It is imperative to go into winter with a strong and fully charged battery. The frigid temperatures of winter place a much higher strain on your battery than other seasons; at zero degrees Fahrenheit, your battery only holds half the cranking power it does at 80 degrees. Have your battery professionally inspected to ensure it’s giving you enough juice and replaced if need be. As a general rule, you should have your car battery replaced every five years.
Visibility is Key
The blinding white of snow and ice can severely reduce visibility during the winter. Replace your wipers if they leave watery streaks on your windshield or show any signs of cracking or rigidity. Always use a brush or scraper to remove ice and snow and be sure to keep wipers off the glass overnight to keep them from freezing to the windshield. And if you haven’t already, make sure that your car’s heating and defrosting are working as they should.
Snow, salt, slush and dirt can make your car look like it’s seen better days. A thorough waxing before serious snowfall and regular washings during the season will keep your car fresh and clean. What’s more, a coat of wax will help protect the finish of your car from road salt, which can lead to rusting and corrosion.
If you’re looking to swap out your current ride for something newer with all-wheel drive, come on in to Chip Wynn Motors and check out our great selection.
Aggressive driving is an all too common behavior behind the wheel, but it is also very dangerous, as it can easily lead to accidents on the road. In fact, according to the AAA Foundation, more than half of crashes from 2003 to 2007 involved an aggressive driver.
So how can you avoid aggressive driving? Remain calm behind the wheel. Try not to let other drivers’ actions upset you. Focus on your breathing, play music that relaxes you, and remember that actions like speeding maybe shave seconds off your arrival time, but not much more.
Aggressive driving usually rears its ugly head in the form of tailgating drivers ahead of you, cutting off drivers during quick lane changes, weaving in and out of highway traffic, and failing to use signals. Aggressive driving turns to road rage when you use hand gestures to signal your dislike of another driver’s actions or when you attempt to speed past drivers, brake check them, or run them off the road in anger.
To ensure that you don’t become an aggressive driver, always remember to use turn signals, give space for others to merge, keep a safe following distance from traffic ahead of you, and obey traffic laws, especially speed limits. If you witness aggressive driving from other drivers or feel threatened due to someone’s road rage, call 911.
From all your friends at Chip Wynn Motors, stay safe out there!
Windshield wiper blades are not made to last forever. Because they are made of rubber, they eventually wear down and begin to leave streaks on (or eventually scrape) your windshield. General guidance is to replace once every six months, typically at the start of summer and start of winter.
You can pay to have a mechanic change your windshield wiper blades, but the task is easy enough to do yourself. Here’s how:
- Figure out which blade size you need: Take a measuring tape to size all of your wiper blades. Never assume they are all the same. Alternatively, some auto parts stores can look up your year, make, and model and find the correct blades for you. Remember, you are only changing the rubber blade, not the entire wiper.
- Purchase the blades: Each blade will run you roughly $15.
- Lift the wiper arm and unhook the old blade: We highly recommend laying down a towel over your glass in case the wiper arm snaps back and cracks your windshield. After laying down the towel, raise the arm, steady it, and unlock the old blade to remove it.
- Insert the new wiper blade: The new blade should fit in right where you removed the old one from. Pivot it in until the hook snaps in place. Gently lay the wiper arm back down. Repeat on all other wipers.
If your car needs so much more than just windshield wiper blades, take a look at our used car inventory at Chip Wynn Motors.
If you want to keep your used car running for a long time, you must keep up with routine maintenance, such as tire rotations, engine tune-ups, topping off fluids, and frequent checks of critical components like the engine, transmission, tires, brakes, and battery. Oil changes, however, are probably the most important part of routine maintenance. Depending on your vehicle, you will need an oil change roughly every 3,000 to 7,500 miles. Consult your owner’s manual for the exact frequency.
So why are oil changes important? Engine oil provides lubrication for all of the moving parts of your engine. These parts create a lot of friction and could easily overheat, but the oil keeps things cool. More importantly, the oil removes particles and sludge from the engine. Without oil, the engine would grow dirtier over time and eventually malfunction. Because the oil acts as a cleaning agent, it is important to regularly change it out.
Changing your oil regularly won’t just keep your engine from getting damaged. It will also ensure that your vehicle drives as efficiently as possible. While shelling out $20 to $30 for an oil change a couple times a year may seem like a burden, it will save you on fuel costs and eventual engine repair costs.
If you’d like to learn more about taking care of your vehicle via routine maintenance, feel free to contact our friendly staff at Chip Wynn Motors.
When you are searching for a used car, you will be overwhelmed by all the options available to you, especially if cars are not your area of expertise. This month in “Cars 101,” we’ll explore the term “all-wheel drive.”
So, what does all-wheel drive mean?
All-wheel drive (AWD) means all four wheels are getting power—all the time, but in varying amounts. This is different from rear-wheel drive (when the engine only sends power to the rear wheels) and front-wheel drive (when the engine sends power to just the front wheels), and even four-wheel drive.
In AWD vehicles, the engine determines which wheels need more power at which moments. This increases handling and traction. Improved traction means you are less likely to spin out or lose control, especially in snowy, icy, or rainy conditions. This makes AWD more popular in northern states.
While AWD offers this improved traction and thus increased safety, vehicles built on this platform are generally more expensive and have reduced fuel economy. If you are not going to face conditions when you would typically need improved traction, then AWD might not be the driving platform for you.
Have questions about our AWD-equipped models at Chip Wynn Motors? Visit us for more information.