These 6 Spring Car Tips Will Prepare You For the Season to Come

Spring Car Tips

Winter may be far in the rearview mirror, but the spring season brings its own challenges to the road. Prepare yourself for spring with our spring car tips.

Winter may be far in the rearview mirror, but the spring season brings its own challenges to the road. This year, prepare yourself for spring by checking out these spring car tips:

  • Take the old “spring cleaning” adage and apply it to your vehicle, inside and out. Now is the perfect time to give your model a deep-clean, after the build-up of winter.
  • While you’re cleaning, check out your tires. How’s the tread looking? Now’s a great time to explore your tires, even observing the alignment.
  • In general, if there have been any vehicle maintenance issues you’ve been delaying, now is an excellent time to take care of them.
  • Beware of the increased number of teens and children you are likely to see on the roads, especially in residential neighborhoods, now that the weather is warm and schools are starting to close.
  • Similarly, many local animals decide to peek their heads out when the weather warms up, so keep your eyes peeled for deer, turtles, and more.
  • Finally, make sure your windshield wipers work and that you have plenty of wiper fluid, as you’re likely to need it through this rainy, buggy season.

Want to spend the season behind the wheel of a brand new vehicle? Give us a call or stop by, anytime, here at Gossett Hyundai South.

Hand Positions While Driving: Don’t Use 10 and 2

Hyundai Steering WheelIf you started driving in early 1990s, one of the most common phrases to be heard in driving school was to “put your hands at 10 and 2.” This phrase is still used by many parents to instruct their children when driving; however, few people realize that this concept is actually dangerous and out of date.

According to Popular Mechanics, keeping your hands at ten and two used to be the best place to put them to maintain optimum control of the wheel. However, this was only before airbags hit the commercial market. Now, virtually every car you buy will have an airbag packed behind the wheel. If it explodes, you don’t want your hands at 10 and 2. In fact, this can even break your wrists.

The recommended place for hand positions while driving is 9 and 3. In lay terms, this means that you should put your hands on opposite side of the wheel. This prevents you from getting hurt in the event of an accident.

Other hand positions to look out for include resting your hand on the hub of the wheel—which doesn’t give you enough grip. You should also avoid wrapping your thumbs around the wheel. Instead, act like you are giving a thumbs up, and then rest your thumbs on the wheel. This is the ideal hand positioning for driving.

Check Out These Winter Emergency Kit Upgrades to Make in Your Car

winter drivingThough you can’t always prevent emergencies, you can certainly make sure you are prepared for them. While driving, this means a solid emergency kit, which should get updated throughout the year.

Here is a list of some winter emergency kit upgrades to keep in mind:

  • Re-stock any bandages, antibiotic ointment, or other first-aid items that may have been used throughout the year.
  • Add a warm blanket, and an extra set of a coat, gloves, and hat–in case you find yourself stuck in the cold.
  • Never underestimate the power of clean, warm socks.
  • As always, be sure you have an extra cell phone battery, a flashlight, and an extra battery for your flashlight.
  • Keep a small shovel and an ice scraper handy. Not only will this help you out if you find yourself late too work and with a frosted windshield, but you may need it to dig yourself out of the snow.

For more winter weather tips, or to explore our enormous selection of vehicles ready to take on winter weather, visit us anytime at Gossett Hyundai.