If you’re like thousands of Phoenicians who ski or snowboard, you’re probably jumping at the chance to carve up SnoBowl in Flagstaff due to the recent deluge of fresh snowpack on the surrounding mountains. But before you head out, here are a few tips for how to get up to Flagstaff or Northern Arizona (and back) when you decide to head out for a ski trip.
Stop by your mechanic in Phoenix
First, you’ll want to make sure your car is even up for the trip. There are hundreds of accidents on the I-17 North (or Black Canyon Freeway as it’s also called) every year, and the last thing you would want to do is jeopardize the safety of you, your friends, or family by taking a vehicle that isn’t in any shape to take on this stretch of highway’s winding curves, steep hills and descents – especially if they may also be covered in ice.
At The Auto Shop, we can give your vehicle a comprehensive inspection before you make this trek, which will in turn provide you the peace of mind in knowing that your car should even be able to make it there. From brake life checks, vehicle electronics and lighting, tire wear, fluid levels and more, our ASE-certified technicians know exactly what to look for when it comes to keeping your car in top spec for this journey.
Take your front-wheel, four-wheel, or all-wheel drive vehicle
It’s no secret that these vehicle drivetrains offer the best traction in slippery conditions. If you don’t have the option, make sure your tires are properly inflated and be sure to run winter tires, or use tire chains if the snow won’t stop. We’re all very lucky to live in such a diverse state, and they key to enjoying all of Phoenix and Arizona’s splendor during all times of year is staying safe.
At The Auto Shop, keeping our customers safe by keeping their vehicles in top working condition with repair service and maintenance is our specialty – and privilege. Please feel free to call us or stop by our location in downtown Phoenix today to learn more.