October is Car Care Month: 10 basic maintenance procedures to keep your car operating at its best

In recognition of National Car Care Month, Gerber Collision & Glass wanted to provide our car enthusiast’s with some tips for how to take care of your vehicle.  This awareness campaign focuses on the importance of car care and maintenance, especially for those that have drastic seasonal changes.

The Car Care Council recommends 10 basic maintenance procedures to keep your car operating at its best for the long haul:

  1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  1. Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
  1. Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  1. Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
  1. Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.
  1. Schedule a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.
  1. Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.
  1. Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
  1. Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  1. Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

Gerber Collision and Glass is reminding you to please drive safely and have a joyous Labor Day holiday!

Barbeques, family, friends, get togethers, parties, food, hamburgers/hotdogs, potato salad, snacks, music, television, movies, backyard games, swimming, corn hole, ladder ball, horseshoes, bocce ball, bean bag toss, basketball in the driveway, backyard volleyball, throwing footballs, slip n’ slides, chasing young children around a swing set, slides, diving boards, jacuzzi, indoor games, playing catch phrase, karaoke, board games, card games, a day of relaxing… what does all of these things have in common? 

Well, it just might be Labor Day!  A great holiday some of us are afforded, to take the day off of work and spend with family and friends.  Some of us stay at home, and have people over.  Some of us go over to spend time with our special loved ones.  Whether you are the one hosting and having people over, remember at some point they will inevitably go home.  Please make sure that they are in a position to get home safely.  If you are the one that is traveling to other’s homes, please make sure that you are in a position to get home safely as well. 

According to statistics, during the month of September in 2005 alone, there were 3, 422 fatal car crashes.  These are accidents in which a death occurred.  And on Labor Day 2005 alone that year, there were 506 deaths on that one day!  These statistics are not including car accidents which did not have a fatality; these are just the ones where a death had occurred!  Very scary folks!  Please enjoy your holiday, but please enjoy it safely! 

Gerber Collision and Glass is reminding you to please drive safely and have a joyous Labor Day holiday!