Come Halloween time in Pennsylvania, the residual warmth that seems to stick around long after summertime finally starts to make way for brisker air, shorter days and changing leaves.
We talked about preparing your home for Fall, but now let’s talk about preparing your vehicle for the seasonal risks that appear this time of year as well.
Fall presents both wet and cold weather hazards- sometimes on the same day! Now is a good time to give your vehicle(s) a checkup before a potential accident. During your vehicle exam, pay special mind to:
- Tires – Cold weather affects your tires differently than the warmer temps. Since it causes tires to lose air more quickly, check them for the proper inflation. It’s also a good idea to rotate your tires on a regular basis so the treads wear more evenly and provide better traction. If you swap out the type of tires on your vehicle depending on the season, it’s a good time to pull out those winter treads.
- Fluids – It’s wise to keep an eye on the fluids your auto needs year-round. This includes windshield washer, transmission, coolant, brake and power steering fluids. Another important item to check routinely for proper maintenance of your auto is getting your oil changed routinely. These all play a role in keeping your vehicle running smoothly. In the event of a weather-related accident, you want to have your auto at its peak condition for the best chance at keeping you and your passengers safe.
- Battery – If your auto has the original battery, it’s time for a battery check. Batteries typically last two to three years depending on type and climate you live in. You’ll want to know how much battery life is left and look for any signs of corrosion.
- Brakes, Belts & Hoses – Ensure all the moving parts in your vehicle are without wear and tear. Listen to hear any unusual sounds as you’re driving which can be an indication there’s a problem. If unsure what you’re looking for, it’s a great time to schedule an appointment with your mechanic.
- Defroster – If your defroster doesn’t work, you’re opening yourself up to a fogged-up windshield and limited visibility. This is especially important as the temperatures continue to dip over the next several months. And make sure you have your snow scraper ready for that first frost or snowstorm that sneaks up on us.
- Windshield Wipers – Similar to your defroster, good windshield wipers are critical to helping us see while driving. Especially when there’s inclement weather, you don’t want to impede your ability to see the road and other drivers around you.
- Lights – Not only are there legal considerations related to properly functioning front and rear lights, but they also help with visibility so other drivers can see you when it’s dark outside and during bad weather. Look for the automatic light setting so they come on and keep you compliant and visible for the best safety.