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Winter Driving Safety Tips

Here is what Andy’s has to say about Winter Driving Safety

It’s winter and you’re traveling. Whether you’re going on vacation, a business trip, or visiting family for the holidays, emergencies and accidents happen every day and situations can be more intense with the elements of snow, ice and cold. The key to a safe, successful trip is being prepared. As the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry!” Here are some valuable tips.

Car Driving Through Snow
Is your vehicle in need of any mechanical repair? This can be tricky if you are not sure what to look for. You can schedule your “Vehicle travel check-up” at Andy’s Auto Service in Bridgeville to ensure your brakes, exhaust system, wiper blades and tires are in proper working order. We can also check the oil and other fluids making sure they are at an optimum level for performance. Be proactive, get an oil change, even if it’s a bit early, it’s a good idea to keep your car running it’s best when travelling many miles at a time. Keep in mind that, it’s now a law to ensure all windows and lights are clear from frost and snow, so keeping an ice scraper and gloves in your automobile at all times can help make this task a bit easier.
Here is a quick list of items that may come in handy and should be kept in your trunk in case of an emergency when traveling many miles at a time:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Multi-tool
  • Lighter
  • Jumper Cables
  • Spare Tire/Jack
  • Flares
  • De-Icer/Washer Fluid
  • Sealed Food Item (oat bar)

In addition, items such as fix-a-flat, paper towels, a change of clothing and emergency cash may also come in handy. Keep in touch along the way with those that you’re headed to visit, letting them know your “ETA” (Estimated Time of Arrival). This helps in case you get stuck somewhere, it will be a red-flag sooner than later on their end.

Upon returning home from your travels, depending on how many miles you’ve racked up, your vehicle may be in need of a quick recheck for a tune-up or other general maintenance.

While they’re sometimes unavoidable, it certainly helps to try to be prepared for an emergency situation, especially in Pittsburgh weather!

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