Approximately ten days have passed since the 2019 Fall Equinox, and we’re already itching for cooler weather and holiday travel. Although most drivers do a lot of their traveling during the summer, it’s important that you take your car in for a tune-up before the fall weather hits.
During the months of October through February, the weather can certainly take a toll o your vehicle can certainly. But don’t worry, we’ve put together 5 quick tips to help you prepare your vehicle for the fall season. Read on to learn more about how you can protect yourself and your ride.
Quick Tip #1: Check Your Brakes and Tires
The brakes are one of the most essential parts of a vehicle. Not only do they allow you to control your speed, but they’re also integral to keeping you safe. Make sure you get your brakes inspected and replaced if necessary.
Also, have a mechanic take a look at your tires. Your brakes are no good if the tread on your tires is too low. Have the mechanic rotate your tires as well to ensure they wear at an even rate. It’s also a good idea to double-check the pressure of your spare tire just in case of an emergency.
Quick Tip #2: Check Your Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers often get neglected. Although typically not that expensive, they serve a very important purpose—keeping your vision clear. Test your wipers to make sure they aren’t:
If any of the above are characteristic of your wipers, go ahead and have them replaced. You can easily look online to find a DIY wiper installation tutorial and save a few bucks. You’ll immediately notice the difference.
Quick Tip #3: Check Your Heat
What’s worse than driving your vehicle on a hot summer day without air conditioning? Driving with chattering teeth and frozen fingers because the heat doesn’t work. Have your heat inspected to make sure it’s working accurately.
On a related note, make sure your defroster is functioning properly as well. Driving around shivering with a foggy windshield is neither smart nor safe.
Quick Tip #4: Check Your Fluid Levels
The following fluids should be changed or topped off:
- washer fluid
- transmission fluid
- brake fluid
- power steering fluid
You’ll want to make sure all fluids are clean and full as you head into the fall season. Washer fluid helps keep your vision clear, transmission fluid and coolant keep your engine cool, brake fluid lubricates the friction involved in braking, and power steering fluid helps you maintain control of the vehicle.
Quick Tip #5: Check Your Lights
This year, Daylight Savings Time—in which we turn the clocks back an hour—occurs on November 3. Combine this with the effects of the Fall Equinox, and we no longer have as much daylight to drive in. Consequently, it’s important that you double-check your lights to make sure they all work properly.
Your brake lights, taillights, headlights, and high beams all play a significant role in keeping you and other drivers safe. Go ahead and check your interior lights as well in case you have to pull over and search for something at night.
Bonus tip: While you’re at it, have your battery checked. No point in having a properly functioning vehicle if you lack a power source.