Each year, Alexandria receives approximately 15 inches of precipitation from snow, and ice storms. Brown’s Alexandria Mazda knows how important it is for you to stay safe on the road. And, we not only provide some of the safest vehicles on the market to car-shoppers, but we also like to provide tips that will help you be a safer (and better prepared) driver. This winter, it’s important to be fully aware of the maintenance needs of your vehicle, as well as what you should keep in your car in case of an emergency. Follow these five tips, and visit our Mazda dealership to be sure that your car is ready for the winter climate:
Shop for Snow Tires
Equipping your Mazda with snow tires will greatly improve your traction on snow and ice this winter, which makes you safer and makes driving in snow much easier. While you may not want to buy another set of tires, doing so will actually save you money. Using winter tires, which can be reused each winter for several years, will preserve your all-season tires, which might not make it through one winter.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Making sure that your Mazda’s tires are properly inflated for winter will improve your fuel economy, increase your tire life, decrease your braking distances, and improve your traction in snow and ice.
See If Your Mazda Needs Low-Viscosity Engine Oil
Look in your Mazda’s owner’s manual or visit the Mazda dealership and check to see if low-viscosity engine oil is recommended in your Mazda for the winter months. Low-viscosity engine oil is thinner, which makes it easier for your engine to start and stay lubricated in really cold temperatures.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
To be sure that you are safe in the event that you have car trouble this winter, prepare a car emergency kit for your Mazda. Include a small shovel, a bag of sand, a snowbrush, jumper cables, warm clothes, and an ice scraper.
Get Your Mazda Inspected at the Dealership
If you’d like to keep your car running smoothly, it’s a good idea to have important components checked by mechanics, such as: your car’s belts, hoses, battery, wipers, and wiper fluid.
If you want top-notch maintenance from only the best certified Mazda technicians that Alexandria has to offer you, rely on the professional mechanics at Brown’s Alexandria Mazda. Call us at (888) 842-2790 or visit our website to make an appointment. Our ASE Certified and Mazda Master technicians are here to provide warranty repairs, services and scheduled maintenance for your car