As October is quickly approaching, it’s time to get your vehicle ready for fall and winter. October is National Car Care month and was created by the Car Care Council to emphasize the importance of taking care of your car and utilizing preventative maintenance. If you haven’t already, schedule a routine maintenance for your vehicle and ask your service technician to check the condition of these vehicle winter essentials.
Cold weather can be tough on your vehicle’s battery and there is often very little warning when it’s on its last leg. Because of this, it’s important to make sure that it is functioning properly and fully charged. If you have had your vehicle for quite some time, it may also be beneficial to replace the battery altogether.
You most likely rely on your brakes more than any other feature of your car in the winter, especially when there are poor road conditions. Be sure to have your maintenance technician inspect your brakes and repair or replace them if need be.
The condition of your tires is another thing to check before winter is in full swing. If there are any bulges or evidence of uneven wear and tear, your technician may suggest rotating your tires or replacing them.
Make sure you replace your wiper blades if you notice any cracks or tears, or if they don’t fully clear off your windshield when you use them. This will increase your visibility while driving and keep you safe in the rain or snow.
When outside temperatures drop, be sure you have the ability to control the temperature inside your car to keep you comfortable while driving. Ensuring the defrost works is also essential to keep your car from fogging up and making it hard to see.