Preparing Your Car For The Holiday Season




The Holidays are right around the corner and now more than ever it's important to start preparing. To celebrate the season of giving, you will probably need to go out, and run some errands that could include: grocery shopping, buying gifts, and planning parties! Before you do so, make sure that your Car, Truck, Or SUV is prepared for whatever the world has waiting for you! We at Puente Hills Hyundai invite you to join us for the holidays and want to share some of the most important things to consider before going on adventure this Holiday Season! 


Spring Isn't The Only Time to Clean

Making sure your Hyundai is clean and tidy is a great way to start preparing your car for any drive. Bugs, Dust, Droppings and Leaves are all small things that make a big difference for your visibility when driving. A couple things you can do to keep your car fresh during the holidays include: 

Washing the Outside of your Car

Rinsing off your car is a simple way you maintain the exterior of your car. If you have extra time, taking your vehicle for a Hand wash or even an express car wash can make all the difference. You can't drive if you can't see!

Waxing Your Car


The Colder it gets the more important it is to ensure that you have a fresh coat of wax on your car! During snowfall, the roads may be treated with salt or sand, which can affect your paint. Waxing your car adds an extra layer of protection to your vehicle and will leave it looking fresher for longer. 

Vacuuming the interior

Clutter is the bane of driving with children. Toys, food, and trash, can be thrown all around the interior and the last thing you will need to do is picking something up or making sure your little one doesn't get their hands on something they aren't supposed to. Before driving off, throw away big pieces of trash and put away any toys that are lying around. Make sure to vacuum and potentially shampoo the carpets to remove and crumbs or gunk for a happy driving experience. 

Getting An Air Freshener

This isn't so much of cleaning, but rather helping you feel more comfortable with your vehicle when you drive. Holidays are here and this is a great opportunity to get into the festive spirit. Pick up your favorite scent, whether it reminds you of Christmas or Thanksgiving, and hang it up. Take a breath of fresh air when you drive!



Check Your Tires

The conditions of your tires is vital to have a safe drive, especially under hazardous conditions. Rain, Hail, Snow or Debris, ensuring the tread on your tires is fine can save you and your families lives! If you are unsure about the condition and status of your tires, stop by our Puente Hills Hyundai Dealership and we will make sure your tires are prepared for any conditions and climate!


Do You Need To Replace Your Tires?

We want to make sure you are safe this Holiday Season. Check your tires regularly! An easy way to see if you need to replace your tires is by taking a penny and putting it in between the tread of the tire. If the Tire covers up Ol' Honest Abe's forehead, you are good to go. If the tread goes past the top of his head, then it's time to replace your tires!

Check Your Tire Pressure

Your tire pressure will affect the traction and handling when driving your car. Without getting too much into the nitty gritty, as the weather cools down, the pressure in your tires will go down too. It is important to monitor your tire pressure to ensure that they are at a safe range for driving. Some of the new vehicles come with tire pressure monitors built into the dashboard, but investing in a tire pressure checker or stopping by your local gas station with a tire air pump is a good habit to get into as the seasons change. 


Make Sure Your Tires Are Aligned

This may not seem like that big of a deal, but I assure you that maintaining the alignment on your tires will make them last much longer! If your tires are not aligned properly, it would be as if they are pulling away or towards each other and will wear down the tread much faster. As we mentioned earlier, you need to make sure the tread on your tires are at a good place. Aligning your tires regularly can save you lots of money on buying new tires and even may be enough to get some of your loved ones more presents!


When it comes to your tires, we know that the right tires can change the feel of your drive! We want to give you the best at the right price, guaranteed! You can trust our Team of Dedicated Mechanics when it comes to maintenancing your Car. Whether You come in to buy New tires or align your current ones, rest assured you know that you are in good hands. If you are looking to schedule a service, Feel free to call Puente Hills Hyundai at 866-906-0937 and we will be more than happy to set you up this Holiday Season!



Being On Top of Your Parts and Fluids


It may seem like a no-brainer, but you should always pay attention to the signs that you may need to replace or maintenance parts of your Hyundai car, truck or SUV. 


Windshield wipers

I said it before and i'll say it again! Visibility is one of the most important parts of driving. If you can't see you can't drive. If your windshield wiper is streaking or doesn't look like it is catching all the water/gunk off your windshield, then it's a good time to replace them. The last thing you will want is to be stuck in a Snow or Rain storm and your visibility is near zero.

Fluids

The two most important fluids in your car other than gas are engine oil and coolant. Depending on the model of your car and the temperature change during the seasons, you may be using different fluids. Replacing your engine oil every 3,500-5,000 miles is best practice and replacing your coolant every 15,000-30,0000 miles.

Gas

Whether you're driving to see family or even running some errands, it's always smart to plan ahead. If you plan on being out all day, top off your gas at the beginning of your trip leaves you with ease-of-mind for the remainder of your day.

Brakes

Your brake pads are another of the key components of your vehicle that you need to be paying attention to. Listen for any squeaking or grinding or if you feel any vibrations when attempting to brake. Pay attention to if it is taking longer to stop than usual. If you notice any of these then it's a good time to replace your brakes. Ideally you should be replacing your brake pads every 40,000-50,000 miles, but this can differ based on the driving conditions or your particular driving style!


Battery

One of the least of your worries is actually your car battery. You should replace your car battery every 4-5 years, but still make sure you are looking for signs to replace it. If you notice that your car needs to be jump started frequently, the headlights are dimmer than usual, or have trouble turning on your engine, It is time to replace your battery!


Lights

Performing regular inspection of your vehicle's light is crucial. As the year reaches its end, the days start to become shorter and we see ourselves driving at night much more frequently. Before driving, checking your headlights and highbeams to ensure they are operating properly. Press on the break to make sure that your brake lights are working. Finally check your Turn Signal and Hazard Lights. Not only are these important for your own safety, but not having these operating correctly can result in a fine by some police officers who may not be enjoying the Holidays as much as you are!

Be Prepared for Any Emergency!


Driving around in your Hyundai may appear relaxing until you are faced with an automotive situation. You never know what is going to happen so it's important that you are prepared for anything! Having essentials and emergency supplies is always a benefit! Some important things to keep in your car may include:

  • Spare clothes and a Blanket

  • Jumper Cables

  • A First Aid Kit

  • Water

  • Flashlight and Batteries

  • A Basic Tool Kit


These are just a few examples of some helpful items that you can keep in your car to help with almost any situation. 



Preparing your car for the holidays may seem difficult, but if you review the items in this guide you should be good to go! Whether you want to go visit family or just run some errands, you can never be too safe. Start the season right and give yourself the ease-of-mind you deserve and Happy Holidays! Drive into the Puente Hills Hyundai dealership to make sure that the maintenance, fixes and repairs on your vehicle won't cause you to suffer from the extreme fall and winter climates.