His touch turns green to red. He can make the days cooler. When he finally visits, people go ‘leaf-peeping,’ and Monarch butterflies flee the country. Some say he’s a Roman god. We Americans like to call him ‘Fall’. Yes, it’s the perfect season to sip a warm drink and go on long walks. But, what about your car? This is the ideal time to shower your car with extra love and attention to protect it from autumn attacks and prepare it for the harsh winters. October is officially designated as the fall car care month by the non-profit Car Care Council. In this post, we’ve put together the top 6 things you can do to observe the October fall car care month and make your car winter-ready.
1. Check your car’s battery
The chances of ending up with a dead battery are high when the days start becoming cold. To avoid battery-related problems, make sure the connections are tight and corrosion-free. Check if the battery is charging and discharging properly. If you have an old battery, we recommend you replace it with a new one. We’re sure you don’t want to be stranded on a snow-filled road waiting for help.
2. Ensure the braking system is working properly
You will be relying heavily on your car’s brake when it starts snowing. Fall is the right time to inspect the condition of your braking system. Check your car’s brake linings, rotors, and drums and have them serviced.
3. Check your vehicle’s fluids
Like the human body, your car also heavily depends on fluids. Check if the engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid are all at the recommended levels. While you are at it, check the windshield washer fluid and antifreeze/coolant – that prevents your engine from cooling up.
4. Inspect your tires
Make sure your tires have adequate tread for traction. Also, remember to check your tire pressure regularly because it tends to drop every 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees in temperature. If you have a separate set of winter tires, now is the time to put them on. In winter, the roads will be slippery and filled with snow, a good set of tires will offer you a safe driving experience.
5. Check your wipers and headlights
Lack of visibility is one of the main reasons for winter road accidents. Run a quick check on your car’s headlight and clean or replace them if they’re foggy. Ensure that your car’s windshield wipers are in good condition and are winter-ready. If you find them to be old and worn-out, replace them quickly. You can read more on how to clean your car’s headlight here.
6. Visit a car wash near you
Regular visits to a car wash should be a part of your October fall car care month checklist. A spotless car wash will dislodge any pesky mud, fallen leaves, tree sap, and other contaminants off your car’s body. We also recommend washing your car once every week to maintain it properly in these harsh weather conditions.
We hope the tips mentioned in this blog make your driving partner ready for the tough days that are fast approaching, or we must say winter is coming!