Spring has sprung! That means it’s time to shake off the last remnants of winter and prepare for the warm, sunny days ahead by giving your vehicle a thorough cleaning and inspection. An exterior car wash is a great way to start, but don’t stop there. Follow these six tips to ensure you’re ready for spring driving: 1. Tidy Up. As you clean the interior of your vehicle, check items such as your flashlight, first aid kit and spare tire. AAA provides a four-step plan of attack that will have your vehicle ready for road trips in no time. 2. Check for Rust and Corrosion. Snow, de-icing fluids and road salt can cause significant — and expensive — damage to the underside of your vehicle. So, if you’ve driven in snowy or icy conditions, inspect the underside of your vehicle for rust or other corrosion. 3. Be Prepared for Wet Roads. Spring is often accompanied by lots of rain. So, check your tires to ensure you have sufficient tread to prevent hydroplaning and check to ensure your windshield wiper blades are not streaking or smearing. “The simplest way to check tire tread depth is with a penny,” according to the Car Care Council. “Insert the penny into the grooves of the tread. If you are able to see all of Lincoln’s head, the tire needs replacement.” In rainy conditions, remember to avoid cruise control, slow down, and leave room between vehicles. If your vehicle starts to skid, remain calm, continue to look and steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go and avoid slamming on the brakes. Learn more with AAA’s “Get a Grip: A Guide to Wet-Weather Driving Techniques” (link downloads a PDF). 4. Lighten Your Load. Pop that trunk and clean out items you won’t need until the next snowfall. That includes shovels, sandbags and other items you may have been carrying to help improve traction on slick roads. Removing these items from your trunk reduces clutter and could also improve your gas mileage by lightening your car’s load. 5. Get Plenty of Fluids. Check to see if you need to replace or top-up vital fluids such as oil, wiper fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid. 6. Get Ready to Remove Studded Tires. Laws regarding the use of studded tires vary from state-to-state. AAA offers a handy list of laws and deadlines for all states, including:
Arizona: Studded tires permitted October 1 – May 1;
California: Studded tires permitted November 1 – April 30;
Colorado: Studded tires permitted year-round;
Idaho: Studded tires permitted October 1 – April 30;
Oregon: Studded tires permitted November 1 – March 31; and
Washington: Studded tires permitted November 1 – March 31.
Drivers in Colorado’s “Front Range” know what they like. And they clearly like Oil Can Henry’s and our “done right in front of you” service. In fact, readers of Windsor Now! have voted their local Oil Can Henry’s Best Oil Change for an amazing eight years in a row, 2009-2016. We brought Oil Can Henry’s unique, trusted service to Colorado in 2005 with the opening of our service center at E. 17th Avenue and Pace Street in Longmont (40 miles north of Denver). Encouraged by the enthusiastic reception from local drivers, we opened a second Oil Can Henry’s center on November 28, 2007 in Windsor. Drivers continued to trust their vehicles to our friendly, trained technicians. So, to meet the growing demand, we opened a second Longmont center in 2008, at 17th Avenue and Hover Street. Today, Oil Can Henry’s serves tens of thousands of drivers throughout Colorado’s Front Range, providing quick and convenient service that’s a great value. Congratulations to the tremendous teams of trained technicians at all three Colorado locations. We appreciate your hard work. Oil Can Henry’s in Windsor is one of four centers celebrating a November anniversary. We’re also pleased to congratulate the impressive teams at:
Halloween is a fun time of year for children and adults alike. Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous time. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are twice as likely to be struck and killed by a vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year With a little planning and increased awareness, drivers, parents and trick-or-treaters can prevent Halloween tragedies and ensure an enjoyable evening for all. We turned to AAA and Safe Kids Worldwide for these 16 safety tips for drivers, parents and trick-or-treaters: DRIVERS
Be extra alert 5:30 – 9:30pm, the most popular trick-or-treating hours.
Drive slower than normal in residential neighborhoods. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react if a child darts out in front of you.
Watch for children walking, particularly on the street, curbs and medians.
Enter and exit driveways carefully.
Turn on your headlights to increase your visibility. Using your headlights, even during daylight hours, makes it easier for pedestrians and other drivers to see you.
Set ground rules. Talk with your children about how long they can be out, where they can go and what will be done with the treats they receive.
Accompany your children, especially if they’re under 12. Surprisingly, 12% of children five years of age or younger are allowed to trick-or-treat alone (Safe Kids).
Make your kids visible. Decorate costumes and bag with reflective tape and stickers and, as much as possible, use light colored costumes. Have them carry light sticks or flashlights to help them see — and to help drivers see them.
Make sure your kids can see easily. Masks can limit eyesight, so consider makeup and hats, instead. If your child is wearing a hat, make sure it fits well and doesn’t slip down over his eyes.
Use flame-retardant costumes.
Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, stay as far to the side of the street as possible and walk facing traffic.
Cross safely. Cross streets only at corners — never mid-block or from between parked vehicles — and look both ways and listen for approaching vehicles before crossing.
Put down the phone. Eliminate distractions while you’re out trick-or-treating with your kids.
Make sure props, such as swords and canes, are not sharp.
Tell your children to not eat treats until they get home.
Stick to the familiar. Stop only at well-lit homes and never enter a stranger’s home or garage.
Happy Halloween from all of us at Oil Can Henry’s!
The days are getting shorter, temperatures are dipping and rain is in the forecast. There’s no denying it: Summer’s officially in the rear view mirror. The change of seasons is a good time to ensure trouble-free fall driving by changing your vehicle’s oil and taking care of other basic maintenance. At Oil Can Henry’s, it’s our mission to help you maintain your vehicle and ensure it’s operating safely and efficiently. With this in mind, we’re pleased to offer this fall vehicle maintenance checklist: 1) Check the fluids, including motor oil, coolant/antifreeze, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. These fluids break down and wear out over time, so it’s a good idea to check them regularly and replace them before there’s a problem. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual includes recommended service intervals. Don’t forget the windshield washer fluid! 2) Check the tires and have them rotated if you haven’t done so recently. Front and rear tires wear differently; rotating them helps extend tire life and ensure safe driving. Most owner’s manuals include tire rotation recommendations. 3) Check windshield wiper blades and replace them if they’re ineffective. Wiper blades often harden and crack during the summer heat. If you’ve noticed that your wipers aren’t providing a clear view of the road ahead, take advantage of Oil Can Henry’s convenient Wiper Blade Replacement service. 4) Check lights and turn signals to ensure all are operating correctly. As the days get shorter, it’s increasingly important that other drivers can easily see you. So, replace bulbs that are burned out or not functioning. 5) Check the battery to ensure there’s sufficient life remaining and clean off corrosion that can reduce battery life. (It’s never fun to be stranded by a dead battery, but it’s particularly troublesome in the rain or snow.) While this may seem lot of work, you can complete a lot of it with a quick visit to your local Oil Can Henry’s. Our trained technicians perform a thorough check of your vehicle as part of our Famous 18-Point Full-Service Oil Change. They check and fill coolant/antifreeze, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, battery, and windshield wiper fluid. They also check lights and turn signals. And they’ll inform you of the service recommendations provided by your vehicle’s manufacturer so you can make educated decisions about service for your vehicle. To lean more about the wide variety of preventive maintenance services we provide, visit our website.
Watsonville, Calif., is a foodie heaven. From apples, strawberries and blackberrries to cauliflower, broccoli and artichokes, something tasty is bound to be in season. As an added bonus, local restaurants are always serving up delectable dishes. But food is just one reason this central California coast community is thriving. Residents also enjoy a pleasant climate and quick access to both scenic Monterey Bay and the rugged Santa Cruz mountains. While Watsonville is best known for agriculture, it’s also home to a variety of entertaining events, including the Monterey Birding Festival, the Wings Over Watsonville air show and the Watsonville Strawberry Festival. Oil Can Henry’s brought our trusted service to this wonderful community 15 years ago, when we opened our Watsonville service center next to Target in the Overlook Shopping Center on September 18, 2001. The Watsonville center is owned and operated by brothers Chris and Scott Allen, whose family has deep roots in town. The pair also operate busy centers in Soquel, Salinas and San Francisco, and are quick to praise the friendly and hard-working trained technicians who make their Watsonville center the destination for quick, convenient and thorough vehicle maintenance you can trust. Our Watsonville center is one of two centers celebrating a September anniversary. Congratulations also go to the team at West Linn – 8th Court, OR. They’re celebrating 18 years of service. Keep up the great work!