Autumn Vehicle Safety Checklist
Kids will be packing up their backpacks and heading back to school soon, and the gnarly summer heat will be on its way out until next year. As lovely as getting back into routines is, the fall season brings about much colder weather and worse road conditions.
In order to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape to ensure your safety, there are several things you should check before the weather drops too low.
Here are five maintenance must-dos that you should keep up with as autumn gets into full swing.
Test Your Battery
When the weather gets colder, your car's battery undergoes quite a bit of stress. Make sure to take your vehicle to the nearest shop or dealer to check to see if it is ready to withstand the cold conditions, and that it is free of corrosion. Becoming stranded because of a car battery is something no driver ever wants to experience.
Check Your Tires
Our tires only have so much life in them before they get too slick to drive on. If there is less than 1/8 inch of tread remaining, it is time to get a new set. Slick tires are dangerous under any circumstance but even more so under cold and icy roads.
Check the Heaters and Defroster
Foggy windows are all too standard amidst cold weather seasons. If your defrosters are not working properly, you will not have enough visibility to drive to your desired destination safely. Make sure to take care of this before the temperatures start getting below freezing.
Check Your Lights
Ensure all the bulbs in your headlights and taillights are working efficiently and correctly. This is a very inexpensive fix to your vehicle, and it will make a massive difference in your safety level.
Check Your Brakes
Slicker roads that come out in cold weather increase the amount of time it takes to stop. If your brakes are not up to par, it might be time to replace them so that you can safely bring your vehicle to a halt every time you need to.
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