TOP CAR ADVICE FOR FALL!

Fall is right around the corner, and that means a new season for your car as well! How do you prepare your vehicle for the fall weather? Here is all you need to know on how to get your car ready for fall driving conditions.

An excellent way to start is by giving your car a good cleaning.

Wash off all the bugs and anything from your windshield that could hinder visibility. It’s a great time to also clean out the inside because you may be less motivated to do it when the weather turns.

Wax your car.

Before the snow ever comes and the roads need to be treated with salt or sand, it’s a good idea to wax your car to protect the paint from all the elements it could encounter this fall or winter.

Check your windshield wipers and replace them if necessary.

Your wipers need to be replaced every 6 months to a year. Older wipers will tend to make less contact with your window and may squeak as they’re going and only end up smearing your window. In that case, you’re actually decreasing visibility instead of improving it.

Make sure you test your heater before the cooler temperatures arrive!

If you find that your heater is not working properly, you’ll want to make sure you have Albion Auto address those issues before you have to deal with cold and freezing temperatures. Also, be sure to make sure your defroster is working correctly.

Check your belts and hoses.

Have your vehicle checked for and replace worn belts and hoses

Change your oil to keep your car running as efficiently as possible.

Degraded oil can turn to sludge causing numerous issues including inefficiency.

Check your tires.

Do you have the appropriate tires to handle potential winter hazards? Are your tires in good enough condition? Neglecting your car’s need for good tires could be devastating. Tires that are losing their tread are going to be extremely dangerous in rain, snow, or ice. If your tires have less than 3mm of tread, make sure you replace them as soon as possible.

Check your tire pressure.

The amount of tire pressure will affect the traction and handling of your car. Because cold weather will cause the pressure in your tires to contract, you want to be monitoring them to make sure they’re properly inflated. Check your spare tire to make sure it is also sufficiently inflated.

Check the condition of your battery.

Make sure its posts and connections are free of corrosion. Have it tested to see how much charge it can hold, especially if it’s more than a few years old. You do not want to end up stranded in the cold with a dead battery if you can help it. Replace your battery if needed.

Make sure your headlights and brake lights are in good working order.

Especially in heavy fog or snow, you’ll need all the light you can get. If the plastic on your headlights has become hazy, it’s a good idea to have them buffed and polished to ensure that they’ll be shining as bright as possible.

Always make sure you have sufficient fuel in your car.

While it’s never good for your fuel pump to run it too low in any season, driving with low fuel especially in the winter is not safe. Should you end up stranded somewhere in the winter, having sufficient fuel would keep you warm longer as you wait for help.