Winter Maintenance Keeps Your Car Running Bright for the Holidays

Santa Barbara drivers should take important steps to ensure their vehicle runs safely and efficiently in time for the holidays.

background-nightAs the holiday season approaches, many people look forward to visiting and making memories with friends and family.  Most people are busy planning, shopping, decorating, and preparing for the holidays to ensure gatherings go just right.  But have you taken the time to ensure you can get to and from those exciting holiday activities safely?

Winter weather is approaching, and although Santa Barbara drivers rarely experience severe snow or ice on the road, there are some important maintenance concerns to address to make sure your car performs at its best this season.  These are a few essential service and maintenance tips to keep in mind:

Maintain Your Tires

Exceptional performance vehicles rely on well-performing tires.  Depending on the number of miles you have put on your car this year, you may need to check them for wear.  Look at the tread and make sure you have at least 1/8” left.  If you live in snow country, you may also want to consider switching out your tires for snow tires.  Also, as temperatures drop, be sure to check your tire pressure for changes.

Check Your Fluids

As the temperature begins to cool off, it is important to take a moment to top off your anti-freeze and windshield wiper fluid.  This can make the difference between being stranded on the side of the road or driving comfortably back to the warmth of your family’s home if an unexpected winter storm hits.  This is also an important time to change your oil if you haven’t done so already in the last month.

Inspect the Brakes

Southern California highways are notorious for bumper to bumper traffic during the holidays.  The last thing you want during a traffic jam is a problem with your brakes.   That is why it is important to ensure you keep your car in prime condition by having your brakes inspected for wear and checking your brake fluid levels.

Consider Parts and Accessories

It is always a good idea to check various car parts including your battery and wipers before the holidays.  You may not get buried in snow in Santa Barbara, but your battery still takes a toll during the cooler winter weather so it is important to check it over.  Also, have your windshield wipers checked for wear so you can be confident they will work during an unexpected winter rain or snowstorm.

Many of these items can be checked easily in your own garage.  However, to be sure everything is in top condition for the holidays, you can have your vehicle inspected at Santa Barbara Auto Group.

About Santa Barbara Auto Group

Santa Barbara Auto Group is located off the 101 and Hope Ave and serves Santa Barbara residents and drivers throughout Southern California as the premium dealer for Acura, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Smart.  Every Santa Barbara Auto Group employee is dedicated to providing the highest in sales and service assistance.  Santa Barbara Auto Group represents eight different luxury brands and friendly experienced sales representatives are available seven days a week.  To learn more about your favorite luxury vehicle, or to schedule a test drive, feel free to call, email, or visit Santa Barbara Auto Group.

Santa Barbara Auto Group

402 S Hope Ave

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(805) 682-2000

http://www.sbautogroup.com

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