Fall is coming up next week! This time is perfect for checking in with your car and preparing for the upcoming season. Cold temperatures, slippery conditions, and foggy weather pose severe threats on the roads. So monitor these areas of your car to make driving in the fall a breeze.
Belts and Hoses
The summer heat does much damage to your car. Overheating may cause areas of your belts and hoses that crack, leak, or wear out. While this can happen at any time of the year, the summertime heat accelerates the process. Any damaged portions of your car should be seen by a mechanic as soon as possible.
As always, monitor your fluid levels. The summer heat quickly evaporates them if you are not watching. The windshield wiper, transmission, coolant, brake, and power steering fluids should all be at their proper levels for your car to run at its best. Fill each as necessary.
Road conditions will change in the fall with rainy and foggy weather. This change makes it especially important that your brakes are up to date. Check the tread, inflation, and overall condition to assess the wear. All these will affect the stopping distance you need, and in rainy and foggy weather, that distance grows. If you live in an area that gets snow or ice in the fall and winter months, consider buying snow tires.
Your brakes are crucial for safe driving, and if you hear any unusual noises, you should check those out immediately. In addition, you should get your brakes checked now to avoid an emergency in the future.
As the cold weather settles in, you don’t want to be without a working heater. So check the heater and the defroster to stay comfortable and safe on the road.
Monitoring these factors will keep you and your car in the best condition through the fall. Despite this, accidents can still happen. It is good to prepare yourself now to avoid potential scrambling. Our free online estimate tool determines an estimate for you before you even come in. Our Gold-Class technicians will explain every step of the process to you before you leave, so you don’t have to worry about a thing! Try a location near you to get your car back on the road for good!