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News Release -
Preventive Maintenance Tips to Prepare Vehicles for Winter,
Holiday TravelSimple maintenance any driver can perform helps prevent dangerous
ROANOKE, Va., Nov 21, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
The holiday season is accompanied by a sharp increase in the number of
people driving longer distances to visit with friends and family.
Drivers who spend a few minutes conducting visual inspections of their
vehicles before they travel can avoid costly and potentially dangerous
breakdowns that impact holiday plans, and leave them stranded roadside
in cold weather.
"The best time to prepare your vehicle for holiday travel and winter is
now, before a trip begins and before severe winter weather arrives,"
says Bryan Gregory, director of consumer education for Advance Auto
Parts (NYSE: AAP). "There are a number of simple, preventative
maintenance items that any consumer can perform in their driveway."
Preventive Maintenance Tips
Inspect your antifreeze while your engine is cold by using an
antifreeze tester to check the mixture for its freeze point. Simply
remove the radiator cap and draw a small amount of antifreeze into the
tester and see how far your antifreeze will go before freezing,
causing engine damage. A 50/50 ratio means 50% distilled water and 50%
antifreeze, which is sufficient in most climates, except in extreme
Have your charging system checked for free at any Advance Auto Parts
store. Cold weather makes your battery work much harder, so have it
checked out before you're stuck out in the cold.
Change your oil and oil filter. Clean, high quality engine oil goes a
long way in protecting the motor in cold start situations. Be sure to
change your oil every 3,000-5,000 miles or three months to avoid
shortened engine life or damage. Use the oil recommended by the
Visually inspect all lights; marker bulbs, tail lights, third level
brake lights, especially headlights and driving lights. Less daylight
requires bulbs to work longer hours and therefore may cause them to
dim or burn out more quickly. Also, check to make sure that the
headlight lens casing around the lights is clean as well.
Tire tread condition; check it yourself, or have it checked. Winter
driving requires good traction in snow and ice. Quality tire tread
sheds the snow, ice and road grime more quickly, providing better
traction for improved safety. Check your tire pressure regularly,
especially in colder temperatures. Follow the recommended PSI found on
the driver's side door post for maximum traction.
Have your brakes inspected. Braking can be difficult in icy weather,
and it is important that your brakes are working properly. Have your
brake pads checked and replaced if the lining is less than 1/8 inch
thick, and have your rotors inspected as well. Always brake slowly
when driving in treacherous conditions.
Visibility is key to your safety; make sure that your wiper blades are
in top condition to fully clear your windshield. Road salt and slush
can also jeopardize visibility. Use washer fluid containing de-icer
and Rain-X Treatment on windows to avoid having to scrape ice early in
the morning. Advance installs wipers for free.
Inspect your engine's belts and hoses. Cracked, frayed or worn out
rubber won't stand up to temperature extremes.
Replace the cabin air filter if the vehicle is equipped. Outside
contaminants from fall and summer driving are trapped in the cabin air
filter and running the heater on high in the extreme cold circulates
the micro-particles throughout the vehicle interior.
Protect your vehicle's paint. Rain, snow and salt are extremely tough
on paint. A tough coating of quality car wax will add another barrier
between road grime and your vehicle's paint.
Last but not least, prepare a roadside emergency kit including a
flashlight with fresh batteries, a blanket, food bars, water bottles,
cell phone, jumper cables, flares, Fix-a-Flat, HELP Sign, and a first
"Anyone, whether they are an experienced DIY'er, or a novice at car
care, can take these steps before the winter weather sets in. A little
bit of pre-planning and attention to detail goes a long way in car
care," said Gregory.
For more information on winter driving safety, visit www.AdvanceAutoParts.com
, click on Know-How, then Video Clinics, and view our free "Winter Prep"
clinic, or ask one of our friendly Team Members how you can travel more
safely during this busy holiday season. Take our experts with you on
your iPod or smartphone by downloading Know-How videos, free at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.
About Advance Auto Parts
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive
aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance
items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and
professional installer markets. As of October 8, 2011, the Company
operated 3,645 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin
Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment
opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts and
accessories can be found on the Company's web site at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.
SOURCE: Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts
Shelly Whitaker, APR