During the holiday season, it can be difficult to stay on top of vehicle maintenance, but once you’ve had some downtime after New Year’s, it’s important to take your vehicle in for inspection, especially if you traveled to visit relatives during the holidays. Here’s a vehicle service checklist to help you to know where to start.
Battery and Charging System: Cooler temperatures reduce battery capacity, so your battery is more likely to die in the colder months. Check battery connections, the charging system, and the charge of the battery itself.
Drive Belts and Hoses: Old engine belts will wear, crack, and snap over time, which could cause incredible amounts of engine damage. Hoses are important, too, for keeping your engine cool with anti-freeze.
Tire Pressure: Like batteries, tire pressure is negatively affected by low temperatures. Colder air makes tires lose their pressure faster, so make sure your tires are properly inflated.
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning: The HVAC system is crucial to defrosting and staying warm in the winter.
Brakes: Brakes should always be in good working order, especially if you expose your vehicle to slick road conditions or hazardous weather.
Keep up with this vehicle service checklist after the holidays to make sure your car is ready to face the cold temperatures that January and February bring to the table.
Halloween is fun for all, whether you’re passing out candy or taking the kids trick-or-treating in their costumes. However, it’s crucial to take extra steps preparing to keep everyone involved as safe as possible. Here are some Halloween safety tips for when you and your kids are out and about on the evening of October 31st.
Practice Walking Safely
Keep your eyes on the sidewalk and not on your phone, make use of crosswalks where possible, only cross at street corners, and walk on designated paths or sidewalks. Stepping into the road causes a driving hazard and could endanger your life.
Have a Safe Costume
Make sure kids’ costumes fit correctly and are of a proper length so that they don’t trip. If the costume is black or otherwise dark in color, consider giving them glowsticks or putting reflective tape on them.
Supervision is Important
Kids should have an adult with them at all times if they are 12 or under.
For Adults: Drive Cautiously
If you have to be driving on Halloween, keep an eye out for children and drive slowly and defensively. Be careful when entering or exiting driveways.
Following these Halloween safety tips ensures you and your kids will be safe and happy while trick or treating, which will make your evening more fun and less scary – even on the scariest night of the year!
Unlike consumers, automakers often don’t have instruction manuals when it comes to figuring out their new technologies. Instead, they have to rely on their own innovative thinking. When an automaker is developing advanced safety features, like General Motors, then you need plenty of room and resources to ensure everything works perfectly.
To ensure that GM safety technology is the best, the American carmaker has made a $14 million investment on a new 52-acre research facility. In this facility, they will test their new, cool safety gadgets. The new testing ground is an addition to GM’s Milford Proving Ground. This testing ground will provide plenty of space and resources to significantly change the way safety technology is tested.
An observation building is outfitted with technology allowing engineers to remotely control vehicles as they maneuver around a 16-acre testing area, allowing GM engineers to basically turn real cars into the remote-controlled toys of your childhood dreams. There is also a tunnel simulator and areas designated to test parking and pedestrian technologies.
The new GM safety technologies that will be tested at the new GM testing grounds include automated braking and pedestrian recognition. Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive what you think of GM’s new investment in the testing of safety technologies below in the comments!