How to Stay Safe While Driving
on Winter Roads
Although Arizona might not get as much snow as other states, it is still very important to stay up to date and ready for any trips you might take this winter! Here are some handy tips to help you stay safe on all those snow-covered highways this winter:
This may sound like a no-brainer, but maintaining a slow and steady pace has been shown to be the safest way to drive in harsh conditions. Give cars around you a little more space and give yourself more time when making turns or changing lanes. If a highway speed limit is 75 mph, consider slowing down to 65 mph for a calmer commute. The drive may take a little longer, but your friends and loved ones will thank you for it!
Consider Winter Tires
Despite their name, all-season tires are not actually ideal for all seasons. With softer rubber and specialized treads, winter tires grip the snow and ice more easily than regular tires and significantly reduce your risks of sliding. Winter tires are also the best option for cross-country trips, as tire chain laws differ from state to state. Give Oxendale Auto Center a call today to find out what size of winter tires are right for you!
Keep Your Gas Topped Up
You might be thinking, “Wait a minute, gas levels can impact my winter driving?” You bet! In colder temperatures, ice crystals can form in the gas lines when there is plenty of moisture and air. Even if your tank is half-full, the available space may be enough for ice to build up and ruin your engine!
If you’re planning a cross-country trip or are just looking to make sure your car is ready for the winter, give us a call today at (928) 772-2720 or check us out online!
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Creative Ways to Give a Car as a Christmas Gift
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There are a few moments in life that are truly remarkable: First kiss, first job, first car.
Owning a car is undoubtedly a big achievement, but it comes with great responsibility. Driving is a privilege, not a right. While cars make our lives much easier, they require a significant investment, regular maintenance, and constant attention to safety.
A vehicle purchase is not a small thing and, therefore, it should be celebrated! If you’re giving someone a car as a Christmas gift, why not do it in style? Here are a few ideas:
Miniature Car Replica
You can use a miniature car replica to fool the gift recipient. Buy a model car and put the keys of the actual car inside of it. If you want to elaborate your surprise a bit more, hide the miniature car replica in an unusual place, like inside a cereal box.
Are you getting a car for your teen? Send him or her on a scavenger hunt. You can create cues and place them all over the house. Make the last cue direct your teen to a box of boxes, where the smaller ones are wrapped inside the larger ones. The last of them has your teen’s precious treasure inside it. This scavenger hunt idea may require some planning but the fun is definitely worth it!
Hide the New Car
Did you buy a car for your wife or husband? Hide the car in the garage and ask the person to go get something you left in the car. Give him or her the keys of the new car but make it look like you’re in a rush, so the person won’t notice. Follow your wife or husband to the garage and yell “surprise!”.
We hope these ideas help you surprise someone with the gift of a car. At Oxendale Auto Center, we have a wide variety of used vehicles at great prices. Browse our online inventory and feel free to contact us through our website or by calling (888) 397-9962 to schedule a test drive.
4 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Winter
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Winter is around the corner, and the colder temperatures can affect your vehicle’s performance and your personal safety. Check out these tips to get your car ready for winter:
Prepare Winter Supplies
When you go out in the cold, you rely on a tuque, gloves, and a thick coat to keep you warm. Although your car doesn’t need clothes, it does need some preparation for braving the roads on a cold winter’s day. That’s why we encourage you to prepare a winter supply box and leave it in your car. Be sure to include a first-aid kit, a flashlight, and an ice scraper, as well as food and water. Keep an eye on your phone’s battery, too—you might need to call 911 in case of an emergency.
Get Winter Tires
Regular tires lose traction when the temperatures are consistently below 45°F, which is when you should put winter tires on your car. Winter tires are made with a different rubber compound that is softer and more flexible than the rubber used in all-season tires. If you wait too long to switch your tires, you may compromise your safety and put others at risk.
Wash Your Car More Frequently
Road salt is often used to melt snow and improve tire adherence during the winter months. Overall, road salt helps increase vehicle safety, even though it’s not exactly eco-friendly. In addition to harming the environment, salt road can also damage your vehicle’s paint because it contributes to rust and corrosion. The best way to minimize the detrimental effects of road salt on your car is by washing it more frequently.
Install a Remote Starter
When it’s too cold outside, your car takes longer to warm up. Unless you’re a penguin, you might feel very uncomfortable for the first 5 to 10 minutes after entering your vehicle. Also, winter is not a one-day event, and most people use their cars multiple times a day. You can avoid this inconvenience by installing a remote starter in your car. Another advantage is that it helps defrost your windshield on snowy days.
We hope these tips help you stay safe and maintain your car during winter. Whether you’re interested in buying a new car or ensuring yours is ready for winter, contact us through our website or by calling us at (888) 397-9962.