Fall is around the corner, and winter isn’t far away. It’s time to get your vehicle prepared for colder temperatures and hazardous road conditions. Here are a few of the best ways.
Give your car a good once over before the temperature drops. Check belts and hoses for signs of wear and have them replaced if necessary. Top up the fluids and make sure you’re ready to turn on the heater. Check the tires for proper inflation and make sure they have enough tread to tackle snow and ice.
It’s a good idea to carry an emergency kit in your car, particularly during the fall and winter. Put together a bag with extra gloves, an emergency blanket, a first aid kit, jumper cables and a flashlight. Of course, you will want to dig the ice scraper out of the garage, too.
Keep up with Maintenance
Getting regular oil changes is important all year-round, but fall is also a good time to take the car in for other checks. Have the brakes checked and the heating system. Make sure all of your lights work, especially since it’s starting to get darker earlier. This is also an ideal time to install a new battery if yours is losing power. You don’t want to be stranded with a dead battery on a cold morning.