It’s that time of the year — the time for holidays and with it, road trips. With declining visibility, cold weather, and lots of other holiday travelers sharing the roads, going on a trip can be more dangerous than it seems. These holiday traveling trips can help you and your family stay safe.
Get a check-up
Preventative maintenance is one of the most important aspects of keeping your car in good condition. Call the Don Robinson Mitsubishi service department at (320) 281-2895 to schedule an appointment. Our expert, factory-trained technicians will ensure your ride has a clean bill of health and is ready for a holiday trip.
Update your emergency kit
In an emergency, it pays off to be over-prepared. You should always carry a standard emergency kit in your car, but when winter comes around, you may want to add a few more items, such as hand warmers, water-resistant gloves, a window scraper, blankets, and a small shovel.
Consider winter tires
You don’t need snowy weather to justify putting on winter tires. All it takes is cold temperatures. Even if your car has all-wheel drive and all-weather tires, winter tires will perform better in inclement weather and when temperatures approach freezing.
For more maintenance and holiday travel tips, please visit Don Robinson Mitsubishi in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Summer Driving | St. Cloud, MN
It’s finally summer, which means the season of road trips and vacations is upon us. Here are some tips on how to prepare your car for summer driving.
Check the tire pressure
Your vehicle’s tire pressure has probably fluctuated over the winter. Be sure to check the pressure before you set off on your next summer road trip and inflate them as necessary to meet the recommended PSI. Inspect all four tires to check their tread and see if it’s time for new tires.
Inspect the wiper blades
The windshield wiper blades may need to be replaced if they’ve deteriorated over time. If the wipers streak across the windshield or fail to clean it thoroughly, it’s time to replace the blades.
Check the fluids
Top off your vehicle’s engine oil, coolant, brake, transmission, and power steering fluids to ensure they’re at the correct levels before your next vacation. You can easily bring your car to Don Robinson Mitsubishi to change the oil and replace other fluids if you’re not sure how to do so.
Check the alignment and suspension
Prepare your vehicle for summer travel and have the alignment and suspension checked. Our team can take care of any additional maintenance your car may need.
Clean the interior and exterior
Take your vehicle through a car wash and dedicate an afternoon to clean out the interior. Vacuum the cabin and make sure your car is refreshed and ready for all of your summer adventures!
Summer car maintenance is just as important as other seasonal service. If you need to make an appointment for your vehicle, contact our team here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Hitting the road for a winter vacation isn’t like traveling during the summer months. Winter brings harsh weather that can dramatically change familiar roadways until they’re nearly unrecognizable. Sleet, snow, and ice are all factors that drivers have to be aware of. Here are some excellent travel tips for winter from us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
Watch the Weather
Keeping an eye on your local weather forecast and the forecast of where you will be headed is one way to avoid harsh weather. Knowing that snow or ice is incoming will help you prepare accordingly, both physically and mentally. Take a few minutes out of your preparations to look at the weather.
Everything takes longer on slick roads. Turning, braking, and accelerating all see significant delays depending on how bad the roads are. Take the time to slow down to give yourself more time to react to unexpected situations. Your car (and your heart) will thank you.
Familiarize Yourself with Roadside Assistance
In the event that you do end up on the side of the road, it always helps to have a roadside assistance service that can help. Some automakers provide a few years of roadside assistance with the purchase of a new vehicle. Independent organizations, like AAA, offer paid subscriptions as well.