We all know how unpredictable Indiana weather is here in Mishawaka, South Bend. Warm weather might be around the corner in March, or we might not feel the sun until May. Either way, it’s never too soon to prep your car for warmer weather with these car care tips.
Check the tire pressure
Changes in the temperature can cause your tire pressure to fluctuate. As the weather starts to warm, check that the pressure is at your car’s recommended PSI. If you put on winter tires, you can also take those off and replace them with summer tires if you have them.
Replace windshield wiper blades
If you did a lot of driving in the snow, your windshield wiper blades might be worn down from scraping off all that snow and ice. You should also make sure your wiper fluid is topped off so you can keep your windshield clear of summer bugs.
Get a car wash
Driving through the snow can result in road salt and grime on your car’s undercarriage. A fresh car wash in the warm weather can get rid of the remnants of winter and also protect your vehicle’s paint job.
Double check the brakes
Your car brakes might be a bit worn out from driving on slippery roads. If you feel like your brakes are making weird noises or aren’t responding properly, bring your car into Jordan Toyota to get it checked.
Toyota is expanding its certified technician program to ensure that when you bring your car in for service, it gets the best possible care — whether it’s at a Toyota dealership or not.
The automaker’s T-TEN program (Technician Training & Education Network) works with local organizations and schools to offer students training that meets the highest standards in the automotive industry. Students can attend the program at 36 locations in the United States, which is now being expanded to another eight locations.
Students attending Toyota’s certified technician program not only learn how to work on Toyota and Lexus vehicles — they also earn an associate’s degree and ASE certification. The program takes about two years to complete, though a 12-week crash course is offered to veterans and active-duty service members.
Since the program was founded in 1986, nearly 12,000 students have graduated. And while it acts as pipeline for new Toyota and Lexus service technicians who really know what they’re doing, students are free to apply for any other automotive service operation.
One moment, you’re driving around the South Bend area without a care in the world. The next moment, your tire has blown out and you’re losing control of your vehicle. What should you do? To prepare yourself for — and prevent — this dangerous situation, review these tips on tire blowout safety.
Recovering from a tire blowout
If your tire blows out, do your best to stay calm. Panicked braking, acceleration, or turning could send your car spinning out of control. Keep your hands on the wheel and steer the vehicle straight, then gently push down on the gas pedal to keep up your forward momentum.
If you’ve regained some control over the steering, ease up on the gas and let the car slow down. If you can, activate the emergency blinkers. Once your speed is under 30 mph, carefully apply the brakes. Pull off to the side when you’re going slowly enough to do so safely.
Preventing a tire blowout
Not every tire blowout can be prevented, but a few simple precautions can greatly decrease your odds of experiencing one. Start by checking your tire pressure regularly, either with your own pressure tool or at a gas station. This is especially important during hot Indiana summers, when extreme heat can cause your tire pressure to rise too high.
You can also prevent tire blowouts by making sure your tires are in good condition. If they’re worn or cracked, you’ll face a greater blowout risk.
Here at Jordan Toyota, our service staff is ready to give you the help you need to prevent tire blowouts. Bring your vehicle in soon for a pressure check, an inspection, or a new set of tires — and leave with greater peace of mind.