It may be too late for full-on maintenance before heading home for the holidays, but there’s a few things you can do yourself to help get you where you are going safely and without a breakdown. While most of us don’t have to worry about snow, we want our cars as roadworthy as possible.
Check your wipers and if they are deteriorating or simply not doing their job, replace them
Check all of your fluids to make sure they are at proper levels
Check all hoses and belts to make sure they aren’t loose or deteriorating
If you are heading to a snowy areas, have good chains at the ready
Check your tires for proper inflation as well as for tread depth and sidewall damage
Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times just in case you get stuck in traffic
Have an emergency kit that is updated
Your emergency kit should include: current medications, snacks, water, gloves, warm blankets, jumper cables, shovel, flashlight with extra batteries, and a well-stocked first aid kit. Let someone know your route, destination, and anticipated time of arrival. Keep track of the weather along your route and have your Waze working for you if only to keep you informed of traffic conditions along the way. Keep distractions to a minimum and give yourself ample time to get to your destination on time that includes stops along the way if for no other reason than to stretch your legs.
Once your back and you want to get a jump on the maintenance before your next big trip, turn to CARSTAR Robert’s Collision & Repair. We are the Monterey Peninsula's premier auto body, mechanical repair, tire service, detailing service, and auto paint service facility. Robert's Collision & Repair is located just off Highway 1 at the Del Monte Blvd. Pacific Grove exit. Our shop address is 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. We strive to be your one-stop auto shop and we work hard to provide you with an outstanding customer service experience. Our skilled technicians provide the best service in the region. Make your appointment today. Happy holidays!