Is Your Car Ready For Winter?

October is Fall Car Care Month, making it the perfect time to give your car a little extra attention and prepare it for the winter weather ahead.

"Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. The Car Care Council recommends tips to ensure that your car is ready for winter driving.

  1. Battery - Keep the battery connections clean, tight and corrosion-free. Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it's wise to check the battery and charging system. Because batteries don't always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.
  2. Heater, Defrosters and Wiper Blades - Check that the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system are working properly as heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting. Fall is also a great time to check your air filters. Wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don't properly clean your windshield should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir.
  3. Tires - Check the tires, including the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.
  4. Brakes - Have the brake system checked, including brake linings, rotors and drums. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.

The most important tip is to address any bigger issues now, before the freezing temperatures hit. Taking your car to a qualified mechanic is the best way to ensure that your car is ready to take on the winter.

While your car is in the shop, Dean Honda Car Rental has you covered. From compact to full-size, Dean Hondan Car Rental features great Honda cars to choose from. Our fleet includes a large selection of mini-vans and 4x4's (SUVs). We also have full size 12-15 passenger vans available to rent.

Is your car ready for winter?

Tips from The Car Care Council.

Dean Honda Car Rental Has The Car You Need For Your Summer Road Trip!

The weather is warmer. The days are longer. The road is wide open. All of this makes spring and summer perfect time for a road trip.

The U.S. is full of a beautiful and varied landscape, making packing up the car and hitting the road the best way to see the country.

According to Forbes, some of the top ten best drives in the US include:

  1. Pacific Coast Highway, California
  2. Going-to-the Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana
  3. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina
  4. Olympic Peninsula, Washington
  5. Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania and Delaware
  6. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  7. Columbia River Highway, Oregon
  8. Red Rock Country, Arizona
  9. Outer Banks, North Carolina
  10. Route 66, Chicago to Arizona

There are also wonderful road trips you can take right here in Pennsylvania. The official tourism website suggests some great drives. We suggest the ones that take you through Pittsburgh!

Wherever you are heading this spring and summer, Dean Honda Car Rental of Cranberry has the car you need to make the trip a success. Our fleet includes a large selection of luxury cars, mini-vans, and SUVs.

We also have full-size 12 to 15 passenger vans available to fit your entire family! The passenger vans are booking quickly so be sure to book early. Follow this link to reserve your van today!

Where will your road trip take you this summer?