As we leave behind the sunny days and warm weather of Summer, the busy days of our Fall schedules can take precedence over everything else. We rely on our cars to drive to work, bring the kids to school, and head over to the relatives for Thanksgiving. We spend so much time in our cars that it’s imperative that they’re well-maintained.
Too often we think that the car is fine when it’s currently running smoothly, and that there’s no point in taking it in for maintenance when we’re so busy. That’s a trap that we can fall into when we have so many things on our mind. But it’s a mindset that can backfire on us when the car finally does break down—what will we do when we can’t head to work, drive the kids, or go on road trips for holidays? Even just losing your car for a week can be a crippling setback to your life. So today, we’ll be sharing with you our Fall car care tips to ensure that you’re comfortable and safe in your car the entire season.
Check your tires
Colder temperatures can cause the pressure in your tires to drop, which could lead to a blowout on the road. Tires with insufficient tread, on the other hand, can cause your car to skid and hydroplane. Proper maintenance and responsible driving can maximize the mileage in a set of tires. Monthly tread inspections can inform when the tires warrant replacement. If you notice that your tires have less than 1/8-inch of tread left, then it’s time to go shopping. (The distance from a quarter’s rim to George Washington’s hairline is about 1/8 inch.) Most people buy all-season tires because it’s easier and cheaper than buying one set for the winter and another for summer. All-season car tires deliver good, well-rounded performance but are never outstanding in any way. If your area has poor roads or experiences especially heavy snow, you may want to get winter tires, just to be on the safe side.
Refresh your wipers
If your wipers are leaving streaks of water on your windshield, then it’s time to replace them—or clean them. Wipers degrade quickly and typically need to be changed every 6 to 12 months. Should performance deteriorate in less time, try cleaning the blade with a paper towel and glass cleaner. Often, that can renew the blades for a few more weeks or months of streak-free operation.
Brighten your lights
The days will grow darker during the fall. Check on your car’s lights to make sure that you will be able to see and be seen out on the road to avoid accidents. Walk around your car to do a visual inspection of all of your lights to make sure they are working and are clean. As your car gets older, your headlights can get cloudy or hazy, especially if you park outside in the elements. This can pose a threat to your safety, compromising the effectiveness of your headlights and reducing their brightness dramatically. With wildlife possibly running around in the dark during the fall mating season, you’ll want working, bright lights!
Come in for maintenance
The changing seasons make this a good time to head to the mechanic for some periodic maintenance. Your car has probably received some abuse over the summer due to the heat, so it’s prudent to have everything rechecked to make sure you’re ready for the plummeting temperatures. When you take your car in, get your oil changed if necessary and have someone take a look at your car’s battery. Cold weather can be hard on your battery. Ensure yours is in good working order before the temperature drops. Don’t forget to check under the hood before winter hits. Make sure everything is in the right place and running well.
You can check on a lot of these possible issues yourself, but of course, the best way to prevent accidents is to have professionals regularly check your vehicle. Let King Brothers help keep you and your family safe in your car this season. Give us a call at 313-534-8090 (Redford) or 734-744-8557 (Livonia), or feel free to request for a quote here.