Here in California, it’s been an extended summer… and I can’t complain. In Temecula, it’s been in the 80s and beautiful outside – not really what you’d expect for the middle of October! But I was hanging out with my buddies at the premier, always prepared Hyundai dealership in Temecula the other day, and they all agreed that with El Niño on its way, the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV would be the best vehicle to upgrade to!
Since California is currently in a historic four-year drought, if El Niño comes through and drops a lot of rain during any extended period of time, the roads will more than likely flood, mudslides will happen and drivers may find themselves stuck in some pretty nasty traffic. The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe engine has your back, though. This mid-sized SUV has a standard 290 horsepower 3.3-liter GDI DOHC 24-valve V6 that can get you through even the most stubborn puddle of standing water. With 18 city and 25 highway MPG, you won’t be worried about running out of gas, either. But as much as your 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel economy and horsepower can do on their own, here are three important things you can do for your Santa Fe just to make sure you’re ready for the storm:
Update Your Emergency Kit
You’ve probably equipped your 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe with an emergency kit, but with wet winter precipitation around the corner, it’s time to take stock and made some additions to ensure you have your car prepared for harsh weather. You’ll need some additional goods tucked away just in case, so check what you already have and then add these essentials:
• a shovel
• windshield scraper and small broom
• battery powered radio
• extra batteries
• snack food
• extra hats, socks and mittens
• first aid kit with pocket knife
• tow chain or rope
• road salt and sand
• booster cables
• emergency flares
• fluorescent distress flag
Check Your Fluids
If it’s been especially stormy, just take a quick look at your fluid levels to make sure you’re not running low – antifreeze, oil, and even your windshield fluid should be full and ready for any emergency. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in some nasty mid-storm traffic and having your check oil light pop on!
Check Your Tires
Cold, rainy weather brings a lot of problems with it, not the least of which is hydroplaning! Protect yourself against this (not fun) occurrence by inspecting the trusty 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe tires before you head out. Make sure they’re at the correct pressure on all sides and that they have good tread. Overinflated, worn tires can lead to a blowout, and that’s not what you want when the rain’s coming down.
If you’re interested in the new 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe in Temecula to help you get ready for El Niño, stop by Temecula Hyundai today to see the road-ready 2016 Santa Fes they have on the lot! If you don’t think the car you’re driving right now will hold up through the upcoming rainy season, you should certainly take advantage of their current Hyundai lease specials before they’re gone (much like the warm temperatures). The most important thing is that you’re able to weather this storm, and a new Hyundai Santa Fe can definitely help you do that!