Fall & Winter Car Care Tips

by Rachel Laurendeau on September 27, 2013

windshield replacement CTWe’ve talked a lot about autumn yard care, home maintenance, and home improvements lately, but lets not forget about our vehicles. There are a number of basic car care checks that you can do that can keep you safe while out and about this fall and winter.

One of the obvious places to start is with your auto glass. After a summer of highway or city driving and road trips to the beach, you may have cracks or chips in your windshield or other car windows. It can be dangerous to take a vehicle with a cracked or broken windshield on the road, so windshield replacement should be at the top of your priority list.

Additionally, AAA.com published a press release, “Stay Safe, On-the Go this Fall & Winter with Car Care Checklist” offering their quick checklist to help your vehicle run smoothly in the cold weather that is not to far down the road.

• “Stick to regular scheduled maintenance. Standard oil changes and manufacturer-recommended maintenance provides the opportunity for trained mechanics to identify and fix issues that could wind up costing consumers if left unchecked.
• “Check tire pressure and tire tread. Proper inflation will make tires last longer, delay the need to buy new ones and avoid dangerous blow-outs while on the road. Tire treads should also be checked for wear to keep vehicles, and drivers, safe.
• “Check fluid levels. Checking and refilling engine oil, radiator coolant and windshield washer fluid to the appropriate levels are easy, inexpensive and may head off expensive repair work.
• “Inspect the vehicle’s battery. Dimming headlights, clicking noises or corrosion around battery terminals signal that it may be time to replace a battery.
• “Keep an eye on the little things. Windshield wipers, headlights and turn signals help drivers see and be seen during inclement weather and dark winter nights.
• “Be prepared in case of an emergency. Carry emergency supplies, such as a car care kit with jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, flashlight, hazard signs, blanket, boots, snacks, water and a charged cell phone.

Be smart this fall and get your vehicle road safe before the cold weather and tricky driving conditions are upon us.

Reference: Ohio Valley AAA.com

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