Basic Precautions for Safe Winter Driving

Basic Precautions for Safe Winter Driving


Basic Precautions for Safe Winter DrivingThere are certain bad habits—such as skipping maintenance and ignoring signs of engine trouble—that greatly increase the risk of major engine problems developing. As soon as you suspect that an engine problem could be brewing, you'll want to get to the shop. At Smith Specialty Automotive, our local mechanics are experts at identifying and fixing engine problems. At our Olathe auto shop, we can also conduct maintenance that will reduce the risk of major engine trouble emerging. Here are some of the common bad driving habits that lead to engine problems.

Ignore the Check Engine Light

If your check engine light flashes on, you don't need to assume that your engine is on the cusp of total failure. But you should get to the shop ASAP for diagnostics so that the underlying issue can be pinpointed and addressed before it escalates and causes bigger problems.

Don't Keep Up with Oil Change Schedule

If you don't follow your car's oil change schedule, then there's a greater chance that insufficient lubrication will result in metal-on-metal contact that severely damages your engine's moving parts. Also, driving with the right amount of clean oil makes it easier for heat to be redistributed from your combustion chamber, which will help to keep your engine operating at a safe temperature.

Skip Factory-Scheduled Maintenance

30/60/90k maintenance helps to keep your engine healthy and your warranty valid. Important aspects of factory-scheduled maintenance include fluid exchanges, filter replacements, and a visual inspection to see if any problems are developing.

Ignore Symptoms of Engine Trouble

Warning signs of serious engine trouble include knocking noises, power loss, fluid leaks, and discolored/excessive exhaust smoke. If such symptoms go ignored, then there's a greater risk that you'll need very expensive engine repairs, or perhaps engine replacement.

Engine Repair in Olathe, KS

When you need auto repair in Olathe and the surrounding area, contact Smith Specialty Automotive at (913) 270-1893. At our nearby auto shop, we can expertly address any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs. Feel free to give us a call today to schedule an appointment!


Smith Specialty Automotive Blog
Posted: February 2022

Written and Published By MORBiZ