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How-To: Winterize Your Vehicle From The Ground Up

I've only recently moved into a place of mental peace that will allow me to begin sharing what my beloved, college-age son has done to my car over the years and when in particular he's committed his offenses. But until then, know this: his most recent attack on my vehicle left it virtually un-drivable. Meaning, I could get behind the wheel and get where I needed to go but it was only a matter of time before I caused an accident due to the driver's side mirror dangling like a drooping eyelid off the side of my car. Of course this didn't stop me from driving it until I simply couldn't take it anymore. It being the helplessness of not being able to see without fully turning my head and taking my attention off of what was going on in front of me, and it being, I recently was blessed with a great promotion. I'm in the position to take care of and repair what belongs to me. There is simply no point to dragging my feet on necessary repairs. For my sake and that of my family.

A couple weeks back I was on my way to the body shop during my lunch break. Thankfully, a coworker asked me where I was headed and when I told him he challenged me to do the work myself. The rest is detailed in the collage below.

It All Starts With The Tires

What you're riding on is just as important, if not more important than what you're riding in. Your tires truly do matter, not simply for style and riding comfort, but for safety as well. Don't believe me? Try stopping in the rain on some worn-down tires. Actually, PLEASE, do not try this ever! Whether you have a family or not, your life is too important to risk on faulty tires. Additionally, the quality of your tires can positively or negative impact your vehicle's fuel efficiency. One way to check wear and tear on your tires is to do the penny test or you can do what I did. One day I got out of my car, looked at my tires and saw that all of them were bald and not only were they bald, the steel belts beneath the treads were beginning to show through. Think of a pair of your favorite worn our sneakers that you love so much you don't notice you're walking on your feet instead of the sole of the shoe when you wear them. Whatever your personal standards are for footwear driving on bald tires is simply unacceptable and it's downright dangerous. I will never do that again.

If you live in the South like I do, you know that winter is wetter than it is snowy. The Hankook Ventus S1 Noble 2 tire features an Asymmetric tread pattern and incorporates a Four Channel Rib Design for efficient water evacuation and an advanced silica rubber compound to offer impressive wet handling and braking.

If the mailers you're receiving at home are any indication, many automakers are pushing owners to purchase new tires. They know you are prepping for the winter and want to be ther with you. But before pulling into the dealership and paying way more money than you need to, consider purchasing Hankook tires from your local tire dealer. They've even got a mail-in rebate to ease the burden of this very necessary aspect of vehicle maintenance.

Before your holiday schedule gets crazy, take care of your car now - especially your tires. Save with Hankook Tire’s Great Hit Rebate, $80 off a set of 4 Ventus S1 noble2 tires.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hankook Tires. The opinions and text are all mine.

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