Nothing will derail a summer road trip faster than blowing a flat or having your vehicle break down on the side of the road. Setting aside the anxiety of potentially losing well-earned vacation time, you have to then worry about what happens when you call for a tow. Fortunately, if you know what to expect when you’re getting towed, you’ll realize that there really isn’t all that much to worry about.
Your first step should always be to make sure that you’re visible — especially if it’s darkening out or there’s inclement weather. Turn on your hazards and break out your flares or other emergency indicators to make sure that your presence is clear to other drivers and the tow truck.
While you wait, you’ll want to make sure that you have all the essential paperwork — license, registration, proof of insurance, and any membership information for an applicable roadside assistance program. Remain in the vehicle until the tow truck driver arrives and don’t try to make any repairs you don’t know how to perform correctly.
If you made the switch to winter tires, it is time to switch
back to your all season set. Winter tires can wear out very quickly once the
temperatures start to rise, so don’t delay this task. It’s also critical to
examine the front axle components for wear and looseness.
Check your fluids and
Check out all of your vehicle’s fluids and change them out
or top them off as needed. You should also inspect all of the filters to ensure
If you used your truck as a snow plow, you probably had a lot
of work this winter. Once you get the plow taken off, check your truck’s
battery. It is also a good idea to inspect the brakes and transmission, too.
Now that the frigid temperatures are gone, many of us like
to drive with the windows open for some fresh air. However, thinking ahead to summer,
you need to get your air conditioning inspected now before you are stuck
sweltering in a hot truck.
It might be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have any fun. If you want to beat your cabin fever, here are three Ohio winter weekend destinations worth visiting.
Did you know this is the only National Park in Ohio? While just minutes away from Cleveland, it feels like a different world entirely. You can enjoy some winter fun here including sledding, building a snowman, snowshoeing, and even cross-country skiing. Equipment is available to rent at the Winter Sport Center at M.D. Garage.
Inn at Honey Run
If you are looking for a place to escape and really relax, book a weekend at the Inn at Honey Run. This adults-only boutique inn is located in the heart of Amish Country, meaning you really will be away from it all. The venue not only features breathtaking scenery, but fine dining, too.
Butler County Donut
What could be better than sweet pastry filled will cream and covered in sprinkles? If your dreams are filled with donuts, take the family on a grand weekend adventure along the Butler County Donut Trail. You can enjoy sweet treats from a dozen popular donut spots, including Stan the Donut Man, Kelly’s Bakery, and Ross Bakery.
Contact us at Aber’s Truck Center for more winter getaway ideas in Ohio. We’ll be happy to recommend our favorite local destinations.
Harsh winter weather can be brutal on vehicle parts. A well-equipped truck is a great answer for icy roads to ensure your vehicle’s reliability during this season. Here are some strategies for winter-proofing your truck.
Make sure to check important fluids such as the engine oil and coolant. It’s also a good idea to regularly check the battery, to make sure it’s in peak condition to weather winter’s elements. Tire tread is important in providing traction on slick roads, so remember to have a professional technician examine your tires. And make sure to check tire pressure often as rapid changes in temperature can quickly deflate a tire.
Diesel engines — like those available in the GMC Sierra 2500HD and Sierra 3500HD pickup trucks — have numerous advantages. However, these engines do require some extra attention when the temperature turns chilly. When the temperature dips below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, a process called “gelling” occurs within diesel fuel. When the temperature falls below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, the fuel solidifies so much that it cannot flow. This can result in damage to the engine. Fortunately, avoiding this is as simple as adding an anti-gelling agent to the fuel.
Contact us at Aber’s Truck Center for more tips on winter maintenance for your truck. We can also schedule a service appointment for your vehicle, to help ensure safe travels this season.