When you think of fall, you may think of pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider donuts, and falling leaves, but your vehicle’s health should also be on that list. School is back in session, which means fall weather will soon be in the forecast and you can start preparing for the changing weather with these simple maintenance tips.


Test Your Battery


The harsh heat of summer or bitter cold of winter can drain your battery, especially if it wasn’t recently replaced. Check your battery’s health to ensure your vehicle won’t leave you stranded in the cold. Signs that your battery may be lacking its full power includes a slow starting engine, the smell of rotten eggs under your vehicle’s hood, or corroded connectors on the battery itself. If you’re unsure, have a professional take a look.


Replace Your Tires


Falling leaves or snow-covered roads can lead to a slippery and dangerous drive and having worn tires with little tread can make conditions even worse. An easy way to check the tires’ tread is with a penny. Insert the penny with Lincoln’s head upside down into the tire’s tread groove. If you see all of Lincoln’s head, you need to replace your tires. Consider purchasing winter tires to improve your vehicle’s performance in the snow. It is also important to monitor your tires’ pressure as falling temperatures can cause your tires to slightly deflate.


Monitor Your Lights


The days in fall will become shorter and the nights longer. Make sure all of your vehicle’s lights are in working order, including your headlights, tail lights, fog lights, and turn signals. A missing bulb can be dangerous for you, as well as others on the road. 


Windshield Wipers


With the season changing, so will the weather. Between rain, snow, and even hail, your vehicle will face a lot of conditions in the fall and winter. Without properly working windshield wipers, driving will be a challenge and may have adverse consequences. If it has been a year or you notice a change in visibility, such as smearing or streaking, you should replace your windshield wipers.


Your vehicle’s health and maintenance should be a top priority all-year round, but with the season changing, it is even more important to make sure everything is in excellent order on your vehicle to create a safe and smooth driving experience.

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