Ice and snow are on the way. Is your car prepared for the onslaught of less-than-agreeable weather?

When it comes to maintaining your safety and the safety of others on the open road, it’s better to be on the confident side. Vehicle negligence is a major issue in the United States and is a major contributor to car crashes big and small. Ignoring that engine problem or brushing off the need for winter tires can put you in a bad spot when you need help the most. Instead of hoping this year will turn out better, be proactive and look into car repair and maintenance. This can mean conferring with a car specialist or setting up a date to get all four winter tires at a special deal.

A little bit of work now will pay off big time down the road. Here are five places you can start.

Change Your Oil

Here’s a good place to get started. Changing your oil is a great way to make sure all your car’s inner components are working to the furthest of their ability. It’s recommended by most auto repair professionals you change your oil every 5,000 miles or four months, whichever comes first. You can also double-check your manufacturer’s recommendations if they have additional details unique to your brand. Today mechanical failures account for over 10% of all auto accidents, with a lack of a good oil change a more common reason than not.

Get Winter Tires

Winter is one of the most hazardous seasons for the American driver. You have to be mindful of black ice (invisible to the naked eye), slush getting on your windows and cold engines…on top of heavy snowfall and days that get darker faster. The least you can do is make sure you get all four winter tires on time. These are designed to give you more traction while on slippery roads and help you brake easier, sometimes your only barrier between an average drive and a sudden crash.

Improve Tire Rotation

Do you suspect your tires are wearing out faster than normal? Your car repair and maintenance routine might involve getting your tires tweaked. Tire rotation is necessary to make sure equal stress is being put on all four tires. Failing to do so means you can have one tire wearing out faster than the other, affecting your ability to accelerate and brake. Spring of 2017 saw nearly 40 million people using at least one auto repair service on their vehicle within a 12-month period.

Double-Check Your Brakes

Asian car repair and maintenance is your best safety tool. You don’t want to be caught with lackluster brakes when the road takes a turn for the worse or a driver passes in front of you prematurely. A recent survey found a staggering 75% of cars being in need of maintenance or repairs. While some are relatively minor issues, others are massive concerns that could see several drivers compromised during a simple run to the grocery store. When it comes to car repair and maintenance a proactive attitude is much better than a reactive attitude.

Visit Auto Repair

A good way to ensure your car is always good to go is to schedule a regular visit with your nearby auto mechanic. They can give your car a proverbial check-up and make sure all your bases are covered for the next few months. An industry survey found 75% of aftermarket auto repair is performed by independent auto repair shops, while the rest will work with specific dealerships. Which one suits you best depends on your car’s brand, age and personal taste. Interestingly enough, a recent IHS Automotive survey found the typical car on the road is 11 years old.

Be safe this winter. Reach out to European car specialist Herndon so you’re prepared for the hail, sleet and snow.

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