Cruise Into Fall in a Well-Maintained Vehicle
Driving safely in the autumn requires more than just turning on the defroster on chilly mornings.
You have to be on high alert for school children walking to school or at bus stops, as well as watching out for surprise icy patches on mornings after the nighttime temps have dipped below freezing.
Your car needs some special TLC to keep it safe, too.
Let’s look at some questions you should answer to make sure your vehicle is ready to cruise into fall.
Do your heater and defroster work?
Yes, a functioning defroster is vital for driving in cooler temperatures – it just isn’t the only important aspect of safe fall travels.
A drive in the cold without a working heater is about as fun as driving with fogged up windows is safe – not at all!
Both front and rear defrosters need to be working well!
Has it been awhile since the mechanic checked under your car’s hood?
You’re supposed to go to the doctor once a year for a checkup, right?
Your car needs that kind of care, too.
It’s important that you take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic once a year to get all the important systems looked over.
Your mechanic will be looking for leaks, anything that’s cracked or loose, or any hoses that are suspiciously spongy when they shouldn’t be.
Don’t worry, he’ll be much more technical, but he’ll explain any issues in a way you can understand!
How are your fluid levels?
Your vehicle contains a lot of fluids and even one of them being low or needing to be replaced can keep your car from performing at its best.
Fluids like windshield washer, transmission, brake, and power steering all need to be checked and possibly changed.
Between the expertise of your mechanic and your owner’s manual, you’ll have all the info you need in order to maintain your car’s fluids.
Is your battery fully charged?
It’s even more important that you get your battery inspected when the weather gets chilly.
Corrosion indicates it’s time for a new one and loose connections should be remedied right away.
Don’t take a chance on getting stranded in the cold!
Car Care Month
October is Car Care Month and it’s a great time to schedule maintenance work for your vehicle.
This will give you plenty of time to get any issues taken care of before the weather starts to get too uncooperative!