We are crawling right into October, and it is time to check in with your car. Temperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, and your vehicle may need some help accommodating. So now is the time of the season to jump ahead and get ready for what is to come. Here is how!
Test Your Heater
As we dive deeper into this season and the next, you will need your heater. But, even if you don’t need it, test it out now and prepare for those cooler temperatures. While you are at it, also check your defroster to avoid the same situation.
Monitor Your Tires
When the temperatures fall, you might see the tire pressure of your tires drop. Colder temperatures mean lower tire pressure. Monitor your tires throughout the following months for proper inflation. Also, keep your spare tire inflated, so you are ready to go, should you need it. Additionally, as you monitor their inflation, check the tread to ensure your ride can handle the upcoming icy conditions.
Look at Your Headlight and Brake Lights
In heavy fog or snow, you need as much light as you can get. If the plastic covering gets hazy, clean these to get as bright of a shine as you can. Home Depot has some good tips on how.
Check Your Belts and Hoses
A major problem that happens with summer temperatures is overheating. With overheating, check for any cracks, leaks, or worn areas. There may also be splitting, fraying, or glazing. If you see any of these symptoms, take your car in to be seen by your mechanic.
Get Your Brakes Inspected
We all know the roads get icy in the Fall and Winter seasons. So look at your brakes early into the Fall season to make sure you don’t run into issues when conditions are dangerous. Do this by listening for unusual noises when you engage the brakes. Those sounds could point to worn brake pads.
Ignoring any of these can put you in an unsafe situation this Fall. If you are in a collision, you need to know what to do. Fortunately, we have a collision guide detailing everything you need to know!