Drive Safe this Winter

Winter isn’t over yet and there is still plenty of time to get hit with snow and ice, two things that make roads especially treacherous.

Before heading out, make sure your tires are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Tires that are too low can cause a blowout, which is dangerous even on a beautiful sunny day. Filling a low tire is also one less thing you want to worry about when the weather is bad.

When you’re driving in wet, slippery weather, never use your cruise control.

Even if you’re heading out due to an emergency, try to fight the urge to move quickly and drive as slowly as possible. Accelerating, stopping, and turning all take longer on snow-covered roads and trying to do any of these things quickly can cause you to lose control.

Increase your distance between your car and the car in front of you. If you have to brake suddenly, that extra distance will allow you to do so safely.

If you’re going up a hill, don’t apply extra gas, as it will cause your wheels to start spinning. Try to get a little speed before you reach the hill and let physics take you the rest of the way. Reduce your speed and go down the hill as slowly as possible, leaving plenty of room between you and the car in front.

Some cars are better equipped for the snow, with all wheel drive cars and trucks being some of the better options.

If it’s time to find a car that is more reliable in the snow, Russell Barnett dealerships has the largest inventory of new cars Monteagle customers can find.

Top 8 Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be scary. It’s important to be prepared and armed with the right questions to be sure you don’t get stuck with a lemon. Although there are many important questions to ask when purchasing a used car, we’ve narrowed down the top eight questions everyone should ask.

  1. Can I take this to my mechanic?

Why – If they won’t let you, walk away.

  1. Can I see the maintenance history?

Why -You can learn a lot from maintenance records.

  1. Can I see the Carfax?

Why – A Carfax report reads the VIN and gives you a full report of any sketchy details someone may leave out such as a salvaged title, fender benders, etc.

  1. Can I take it for a test drive?

Why – You can tell a lot about a car by driving it.

  1. Can I check the oil?

Why – Oil is an earmark for trouble in a car. Be sure to look for anything out of the ordinary.

  1. Do you have the title in hand?

Why – You need a clean title. Make sure you get one to save yourself from a scam or better yet, the DMV.

  1. Who was the previous owner?

Why – Knowing who has owned the car can be just as informative as knowing it’s full history.

  1. Why are you selling it?

Why – Putting the seller on the spot is a good way to tell if he/she is being deceptive. Take their answer with a grain of salt and use your best judgment.

Shelor Mitsubishi is Virginia’s premier used car dealer. For more information regarding any used Mitsubishi for sale in Roanoke VA, give us a call today!