Car Tips: Extending Your Car’s Life

Fall is the perfect time of year for regular service. With the change in temperatures and weather as well as wear and tear from the summer, your car will be ready for some maintenance. Not only will service help reduce the risk of breakdowns, but it can even extend the life of your car.

According to Bankrate, one of the best fall maintenance tips is to get an oil change. The average driver will need an oil change every six months or 7,500 miles. Americans tend to drive around 12,000 miles every year, so that means that you should change your oil about twice a year.

Fall Maintenance Tips for your Chevrolet VehicleYou should also consider checking tire pressure. Tires can lose air as the temperature decreases. In fact, around every one-degree dip in temperature leads to a loss of about one psi. Under-inflated tires can cause friction when driving, leading to added wear and tear. If it is bad enough, it can even cause fuel economy to decrease.

Make sure to get some new wipers in the fall. With winter right around the corner, you don’t want to wait before it’s too late. You should also check your fluids and top them off if necessary, including wiper fluid.

These are three of the best things you can do to prepare for the fall. For all your maintenance needs, be sure to stop by Bill Roberts Chevrolet Buick.

Car Tips: Cooling Off Your Car

It’s the middle of summer and many drivers are feeling the heat. While some drivers can take the miserable temperatures with a smile, others just can’t take it. As a result, cooling off your car is the only option. There are a few obvious ways, like cracking the windows, which can help lower your car’s interior temperature, but it can’t defeat the sun. Here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet, we have some tips for cooling off your car.

  • Oil – There’s more to a fresh oil change than meets the eye. While it will help your engine run more efficiently, fresh oil will also help lower the engine’s temperature. One of oil’s major benefits is that it carries away some of the excess heat generated by the explosions within the cylinders. In short, fresh oil means a cooler car.
  • Coolant – Did the name give it away? Coolant is responsible for keeping your engine cool. Also known as antifreeze, coolant levels can cause all sorts of problems if your car is running low. Make sure to top it off according to your owner’s manual!
  • Ice Packs – For those with malfunctioning air conditioning, attaching an ice pack to the dashboard vents can work wonders. The ice pack will chill the air as it exits the vent, effectively replicating air conditioning.

Tips for cooling off your carDo you have tips for cooling down your car? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

Avoid Burns, Aging, and More By Wearing Sunscreen in the Car

While most people do their best to apply sunscreen to their exposed skin when they have plans for a long day at the pool or the beach, many of us skip it during one of the most sneakily dangerous times of the day: while we’re in the car, where we spend a great deal of time.

While windshields are made of glass that is particularly effective at blocking both types of UV rays from the sun, side windows and rear windows are not, with many blocking less than half of UV rays.

Sunscreen in the Car10This means that the entire time you are sitting in your car, you are constantly exposed to dangerous UV rays. This could lead not only to sunburns, but also to premature skin aging and even skin cancer.

To avoid the effects of UV rays, be sure to apply sunscreen before car trips, especially longer ones, and consider keeping an emergency supply of sunscreen in your vehicle. The mere seconds you spend applying sunscreen in the car will be worth it!

For more safety tips, visit us anytime at Bill Roberts Chevrolet. We are the “Dealer You Can Trust” so let us show you just how much we care about our customers!