The kids are back in school, football is starting up and the temperature is slowly dropping. Fall is approaching and winter isn’t far behind. With the rapid change in weather, you need to make sure your vehicle can handle it. Check out these car care tips on how to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming seasons:
- Check Brakes and Tires
With the return of fall comes weather that demands more stopping power. The temperature is only going to be getting colder which means an increasing chance of roads becoming slick. Make sure to get your tires checked to see if there are any leaks and how much tread they still have. Tires with less tread will only make it harder to stop in slippery conditions. The same goes for worn down brakes. Stronger brakes will help increase your vehicle’s stopping power.
- Get an Oil Change
It is important to make sure that your car is running as near perfect as you can get it, especially when the cold weather hits. Driving your vehicle in the cold weather with old oil could cause the oil to sludge up. Getting a fresh oil change close to the start of fall will help decrease the chance of something going wrong mechanically in the bad weather.
- Replace Your Wiper Blades
If it has been a while since you purchased a newer set of wiper blades for your vehicle and your current blades are starting to wear down, it’s time to upgrade. Windshield wipers are meant to clean off your windshield and with fall and winter approaching they will need to be good shape in order to do their job.
- Check Your Lights
Make sure your headlights, brake lights, and hazard lights are all working properly. As fall and winter get closer, the days will start to get shorter. Fall and winter are seasons that come with limited visibility and making sure that all of the necessary lights on your vehicle operate correctly is important.
- Heater and Defroster
It’s no fun driving to work feeling like you’re trapped in a freezer. Besides the discomfort, it’s not safe to be driving around with a heater that doesn’t work, especially with the unpredictable Michigan weather. It is also important to have your defroster operating correctly because with the colder temperatures comes frost and fog, making it impossible to see through the windows of your vehicle.
- Emergency Kit
As a precaution, it would be a good idea to have an emergency kit with “gloves, boots, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, a flashlight, and a cell phone.” An emergency kit is good to have just in case something unexpected happens while you’re out on the road.
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