GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Gills Point S Tire & Auto is offering drivers free winter safety inspections. Mechanics who work there said it's important to prepare cars for the winter before it gets too cold.
"Follow the Boy Scout motto," said store manager Charlie Bobo. "Be prepared. Get ready for everything now so that way if you have troubles, the troubles aren't going to happen. Be prepared."
Those safety inspections take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour and can help prevent car accidents during the winter. Mechanics will check a car's breaks and tires. They'll also check the car's battery because they can stop working more often in the winter. Then, mechanics will pop the hood and make sure that cars have a 50-50 percent mixture of coolant and water. This can help prevent cars from freezing over.
Drivers are legally allowed to use studded winter tires right now, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
But there are are a couple of different types of tires drivers can use when it snows, Bobo said. Winter tires have special grooves that give cars more traction, but they need to be removed before it gets too warm. That's because they can melt if it gets too hot.
All weather tires can be used throughout the entire year, said Bobo. They often have asymmetrical patterns and grooves to give the tire more grip, so drivers don't slide off the road. Bobo said if drivers do get into an accident, they should head straight to a shop.
"You want to do an inspection on your vehicle and make sure that it's still safe," said Bobo. "What can happen is that something can hairline crack and be still drivable. At that point, you think that everything's okay, but bring it in and let us check it out to make sure everything truly is safe, so that six months from now you don't end up with damage."
Gills Point S Tire & Auto also has a couple of other winter deals. Drivers can get 10 percent off of a transmission service, an oil change or a cooling system check. Customers will also get free wipers.
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