You’ve Been in an Accident — Now What?

You can never fully anticipate a car accident, but you can be prepared for one. After you’ve been in an accident, there are a few things you should do to make the follow-up as simple and stress-free as possible.

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  1. Pause and take a deep breath. Staying calm is very important.
  2. Check yourself for injuries first, and then assess your passengers. If you’re unsure about anyone’s injuries, call an ambulance. This is absolutely one of those situations in which the phrase “better safe than sorry” applies.
  3. Turn on your hazard lights.
  4. In the case of a minor accident, move the involved vehicles to a safer place, away from traffic. In high-volume areas, there is often a nearby crash investigation site, which will allow emergency officials to get to you quicker and easier.
  5. Call the police for any sort of accident.
  6. Call your insurance agent to report any sort of accident.

 

After you’ve been in an accident, things can rush at you pretty quickly, so let us reiterate step one: stay calm. You’ll find it more helpful to yourself and all those involved in the accident if you can keep an even keel.

 

If you require any repairs after an accident, our technicians are standing by at DeLillo Chevrolet’s service center.

How to do a DIY Oil Change

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Changing oil is something all car owners have to do at some point. The recommended amount of time between oil changes is three months, but don’t we all procrastinate on getting things done from time to time? Plus, taking your car in to get serviced takes money. If you want to save yourself a bit of cash, you can easily change your oil at home. Here’s the step-by-step process for a DIY oil change!

You’ll need an oil filter, oil (check the owner’s manual for what kind), a ramp or jack stand, a large drain pan, and things like rags and gloves to help with the mess.

Let your vehicle cool off before starting this process so you don’t burn yourself. After that’s done, pop open the hood to the engine and unscrew the oil cap. This helps prevent a vacuum from forming as you’re draining the old oil so that it drains faster. Ramps are a safer method of elevating your vehicle than jacks, but a jack stand will do. Raise the vehicle, place the drain pan underneath the oil drain, and pull off the drain plug.

Loosen the oil filter while the oil is draining and replace it with the new oil filter. After the oil is drained, simply put the plug back on and put the proper amount of new oil into the engine before putting the oil cap back on. Then, you’re done. Performing a DIY oil change is easy, takes less than an hour, and saves you a lot of money in the long run.

How to Keep Your Car Battery Working for Longer

Car batteries can be expensive, and replacing them isn’t a fun chore. Here are some simple tips and tricks to keep your car battery working for longer.

Perform regular battery maintenance. Once a month check the battery terminals for corrosion buildup. This buildup blocks the current from easily passing from the battery to the cables, and can become bad enough that the car doesn’t start at all. Use a screwdriver or pliers to clear away buildup, and wipe down dirt and debris found on the battery casing.

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It’s important to perform regular maintenance on and take care of your car battery to keep it working for longer.

Avoid short trips in the winter. People who live in particularly harsh winter climates should be especially vigilant about driving their cars regularly, and not just for super-short drives. Instead of driving to the grocery store around the corner and home again, combine several errands into one trip as often as possible. Short trips don’t allow your car’s battery to fully recharge the energy it lost when you started the car.

Install an insulation blanket. This is something worth considering if you live in areas that see extreme heat or cold. An insulation blanket helps keep a car battery warm in the winter and cool in the summer, helping to extend its useable life.

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Make an appointment with  DeLillo Chevrolet’s Service Department today to have your car’s battery tested. Our experts will help you decide if it’s time for a new battery, or just a good cleaning.