Autumn means shorter days, fall foliage, football season, and festive favorites. With the change in seasons come many changes in driving conditions; temperatures drop, and many parts of the country, you’ll see an increase in rain, ice, and even snow.
Prepare Your Car For Fall
The fall season is a perfect time to prepare your car for the cold temps that Winter brings. Cold weather makes it more difficult for your tires to maintain grip by messing with the expansion and contraction of tire pressure. What else can you do to prepare your vehicle for the drop in temperatures?
Here are several tips to help prepare your car for fall weather.
Check the Belts and Hoses
Check for cracks and leaks in the belts and hoses. Ensure there are no signs of splitting, fraying, or glazing on any of the hoses. One major problem with faulty belts and hoses tends to be overheating. Even though this usually occurs in the Summer, it can honestly occur at any time of the year, especially during the colder months. You should take your vehicle to the local mechanic if you notice any problems with these components.
Check the Fluid Levels
It is crucial to replace your car’s fluid levels, as necessary. This would include windshield washer fluids, transmission fluids, coolant, brake fluids, and power steering fluids. All are very important for ensuring that your car runs smoothly. Washer fluid is important for maintaining visibility. Transmission fluid is important for cooling. Coolant regulates the engine’s temperature, while brake fluid serves as a lubricant, preventing corrosion. Power steering fluid is crucial for operating the vehicle.
Check the Tires
Your tires are possibly the most important part of your car. Heading into icy road season, you need to make sure that the tread on your tires is up to par. Don’t be surprised if your tires look a bit deflated as temperatures drop. The air pressure inside your tire will drop about 1 psi (pound per square inch) for every 10 degrees that the outside air temp drops. Some mechanics will slightly over-inflate tires during the fall/winter months specifically because of this phenomenon.
Cold Weather Preparation
It is not fun getting stranded on the side of the road at any time of the year, but especially in the winter. As the weather turns cooler, you need to be prepared for any roadside emergency. If a situation like this were to occur, you should stock your vehicle with the following emergency items:
• Ice scraper
• First aid kit
• Jumper cables
These tips can go a long way in keeping you safe on the road after you prepare your car for fall.