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The Marion Driver's Holiday Checklist: Preparing Your Car for Seasonal Travel

Planning to hit the road this holiday season? Ensure a safe and merry journey with Hubbell's Auto Repair's essential car prep checklist for the Marion community.

Winter Driving Tips Marion Iowa

The holiday season is a time of joy, family gatherings, and often, a fair amount of travel. Here in Marion, Iowa, where the roads can take us through snowy landscapes and over frosty bridges, preparing your car for seasonal travel is as important as the holiday itinerary itself. At Hubbell's Auto Repair, we've put together a holiday travel checklist to ensure that your vehicle is as ready for the season’s festivities as you are.

1. Battery Check: The Heartbeat of Your Journey

Cold weather is notorious for reducing battery power. Before setting out, make sure your battery is fully charged and that all connections are secure and corrosion-free. At Hubbell's, we can perform a quick battery inspection to ensure you won't be left out in the cold.

2. Tire Inspection: Your Grip on Winter Roads

Tires are your car's only contact with the road, so it's vital they are in top condition. Check your tire pressure, as it tends to drop along with the temperature. If your tread is low, consider replacing your tires. For those venturing into snowier terrains, snow tires may be a wise investment. Our team at Hubbell's can assist with inspections, rotations, and replacements.

3. Fluids Check: The Lifeblood of Your Car

Your vehicle’s fluids should be at the recommended levels for optimal performance. This includes engine oil, brake fluid, antifreeze/coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid. At Hubbell's Auto Repair, we’ll top off any fluids and suggest any necessary changes, like switching to a winter-grade oil.

4. Brakes Check: Safety on the Go

Holiday travel often means heavy traffic and unpredictable weather. Ensure your brakes are responsive and in good working order. If you hear squeaking or feel wobbling, it’s time for a brake check. Hubbell's can service your brake system, giving you peace of mind on your holiday travels.

5. Lights Check: Illuminate Your Path

Shorter days mean more nighttime driving. Check all your lights — headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and emergency flashers — for proper operation. If any bulbs are out or dim, stop by Hubbell's to get them replaced so you can see and be seen.

6. Emergency Kit: Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Even well-maintained vehicles can run into trouble. Pack an emergency kit with items such as a flashlight, jumper cables, first-aid supplies, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Hubbell's Auto Repair can help you assemble a kit that’s customized for winter travel.

7. Windshield Wipers Check: Clear Vision Ahead

A clear view is crucial when driving in wintry conditions. Replace any wiper blades that leave streaks or miss spots, and fill up your windshield washer reservoir with a freeze-resistant fluid.

Ready for a Holiday Road-Trip Check-Up?

Before you get wrapped up in the holiday hustle, let us give your car a thorough pre-trip check-up. At Hubbell's Auto Repair, we provide the services you need to travel with confidence.

Book your holiday vehicle check-up today!

Safe travels and happy holidays from your friends at Hubbell's Auto Repair. Your trusted local mechanics, ensuring that the only surprises this season are the ones wrapped under the tree.

Hubbell's Auto Repair is dedicated to serving the Marion, Iowa community with quality car care. Visit our website or get in touch to find out how we can assist with your automotive needs this holiday season and beyond.

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