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A Road Trip Safety Checklist

Road trips are one of the best ways to casually travel and see the world on a budget. From mountainous coastal drives to cross country trips, at the end of the day all you’ll really need is a car that’s been well looked after along with a full tank of gas. To ensure the stories you return home with are free of car troubles and mishaps, follow our road trip safety checklist below!

  1. Tires

Your tires are the only parts of your vehicle keeping you and your passengers safely connected to the road. Before departing, ensure your vehicle is equipped with a spare tire, a jack, tools, and snow chains if needed. Most importantly, be sure to stop at your local air pump machine to check and adjust the pressure in your tires.

2. Visibility

Regardless of the weather and time of the year, it’s important that your windshield wipers are in good working condition and you’ve topped up with fresh wiper fluid.  Your wipers, along with the cleaning solution, are crucial for eliminating water stains, mud, bugs and other debris from your windshield that can affect visibility.

For optimal safety on the road it’s absolutely vital that all of your exterior lights are working properly. Have a friend help you check that your brake lights, headlights, turn signals, taillights, and high beams are all in proper working order before hitting the road.

3. Fluids

The most essential fluids that keep vehicles running properly are engine oil, engine coolant, transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, and brake fluid. If the level of any one of these fluids becomes too low, the consequences to your vehicle can be catastrophic. If unsure how to complete this step, check the owner’s manual for instructions or bring your car to a mechanic.

4. Odd & Ends

Once you know your car is ready for anything, it’s important that you and your passengers are too! In case you run into issues in a remote area, having a map, flashlight, first aid kit, water and snacks on hand can help save the day. It’s also a good idea to make sure you’ve packed jumper cables, extra batteries for phones and flashlights, and have roadside assistance coverage in case of emergency.

Final Thoughts

The absolute best way to make sure your vehicle can handle your next adventure is to bring it to your locally trusted auto shop. H.W. Automotive, Inc. serves residents and visitors of Mid-Del and Oklahoma City with complete auto repairs and maintenance services five days a week. We are proud to offer you FREE courtesy checks to ensure that your vehicle is operating safely before your next trip!

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires

Tires are often the last thing on people’s mind when they think about their car’s maintenance and automotive health. The truth of the matter is, your vehicle’s tires are the most important thing between you and the road. Maintaining your tires will allow you to enjoy the full extent of its life cycle and allow you to travel for thousands upon thousands of miles. In this month’s blog we will discuss how often you should rotate your tires and the types of rotation patterns.

When to Rotate Your Tires

It is recommended that you rotate your tires at least every 6 months or about 5,000 to 8,000 miles. However, if you drive your vehicle much more often, you may need to get your tires rotated every oil change or about 3,000 to 5,000 miles. By rotating your tires with the recommended frequency, they will even out their wear and tear and ultimately have an extended life.

It is also important to understand that the frequency in which your tire wears out also depends on whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive (FWD), rear-wheel drive (RWD), or all-wheel drive (AWD). The type and size of the tires should also be taken into consideration. If you are uncertain, your vehicle’s manual will provide specifics.

Rotation Patterns

Depending on the type of vehicle you own, you will have different tire rotation patterns. Your owner’s manual will specify what type of rotation pattern your vehicle needs. For FWD, the front tires are swapped straight to the rear and the rear tires are cross-swapped to the front. For RWD, the rear tires are swapped straight to the front and the front tires are cross-swapped to the rear. Finally for AWD, all four tires are crisscrossed. 


Overall, a tire rotation also provides a mechanic the opportunity to further inspect your tires for any damages or problems, such as deflation or blistering. For all of your tire rotation and automotive needs, rely on H.W. Automotive Inc. Our certified mechanics are well-experienced professionals who will make sure you and your vehicle receive efficient and effective service. Call us at (405) 702-4098 or visit our website for more information about our services.

How Rainy Weather Can Affect Your Vehicle

If you live in an area that rains or experiences heavy floodwaters, then you’re probably more cautious when driving on the road. You can do your best to avoid obstacles and watch for other drivers, but sometimes there are situations that you may not be prepared for. Rain can be a major cause for electrical problems and other malfunctions, which can be dangerous for you and the people driving near you as well. In this blog, we have listed a few ways rain can affect your vehicle, including ways you can counter the problem too.

Engine & Electrical Systems

Driving through floodwaters can be a risk for blowing your engine. Instead of taking a chance and flooring it through the water, its best to turn off your engine and wait it out. Similarly, water can seep past the rubber molding on your doors and windshield, which can cause damage to your electrical system and soak the inside of your cab.

Tires & Brakes

Worn out tires can be a hazard on the road since you won’t have as much traction to the ground beneath you. With rainy roads, this may cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle altogether. To avoid this situation, change your tires before the rainy season begins. In addition, you will want to check your brakes. You want your brakes at optimal performance, especially if your driving in the rain on residential streets where you’re constantly stopping and accelerating.

Safety Checks

Here is a list of safety checks to follow to prepare your vehicle for rainy weather:

• Check rubber molding and windshield wipers for cracks
• Make sure brakes are working well so you have enough distance to stop on slick roads
• Be sure that brake and headlights are clear and bright
• Check tires for good tread to avoid slipping and sliding


Prepping your car for rainy weather is easy when you have a team of professional mechanics to help you. When you contact us at H.W. Automotive Inc, you can be confident that your automotive service is completed on time and up to industry standards. For more information on the list of services we provide, visit our website and make an appointment for your vehicle today!

Detecting Wear and Tear on Your Tires

Have you recently checked your tires? As you look around the side of your car, you may notice that your tires have become more scuffed up and worn out, and the tread probably has some damage from driving long distances over the years. No matter how long you’ve had your set of tires, it’s important to inspect them every now and then. In our blog, we discuss the signs of wear and tear on your tires, and also help you determine if you need new ones!

Cupping and Scalloping

Cupping and scalloping happens when worn or damaged suspension components cause the tire to bounce as it moves forward, coming down harder on some spots of the tire than others. Bad shock absorbers are the usual cause; although, anything that connects to the wheel can be a concern. Unbalanced wheels may also cause cupping or bald spots to form.

Cracking and Expanding

If your wheels have come into contact with potholes or curbs, cracking can occur. Also, large ruptures running along the rim can be caused by impact or under-inflation, while small cracks in the sidewall or tread usually form from exposure to the elements and age. (An important note for drivers to read: Under-inflation and over-inflation put tires at a greater risk of damage from impact.)

Outer Edge Wear

A common cause of outer edge wear is under-inflation. As the tire pressure drops, it can cause the tire itself to flex more, and the heat that builds up can cause an unwanted blowout. Under-inflated tires don’t absorb bumps well, and may knock the front end out of alignment or damage the suspension. Another reminder for drivers: don’t rely on the car’s tire-pressure monitoring system to let you know when a tire is low on air. – Check your tires manually!

Single Side Wear

Is your car’s incline-setting off? If so, your tire is probably leaning too far to one side. Worn or damaged springs, ball joints, and suspension bushings can also cause single-side wear. As we mentioned above, some probable causes can be from driving with heavy loads or forgetting tire rotations. If you’re experiencing side wear on your tires, having your tires aligned can be an easy fix!


Examining the wear and tear on your tires can detect wheel problems and more. For a professional tire inspection, visit H.W. Automotive Inc. Our expert mechanics will check your tires so you can drive safe on the road! Click here to view our website.

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