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Fall driving: What you need to know

Happy 1st day of fall! Preparing your vehicle for the fall season involves specific considerations to ensure safety and functionality as the weather changes. Here are the top 10 things to do to get your vehicle ready for fall:

  1. Check Heater and Defroster: Ensure your vehicle's heater and defroster are working properly. As the weather gets colder, you'll need these systems to keep the interior warm and to maintain clear visibility.

  2. Inspect Tires and Tread Depth: As road conditions change with wet leaves and potential early frost, adequate tire tread becomes even more critical. Check tire pressure and consider switching to winter or all-season tires for improved traction.

  3. Replace Wiper Blades and Fill Washer Fluid: Fall often brings rain and fog, so replace worn wiper blades to maintain clear visibility. Also, ensure your windshield washer fluid is topped up with a solution that can handle colder temperatures.

  4. Battery Check: Cold weather can put a strain on your vehicle's battery. Have it tested to ensure it's in good condition and can handle the extra demands of colder temperatures.

  5. Inspect Brakes: Make sure your brakes are in good condition to handle slippery road conditions. If you hear unusual noises or notice reduced braking performance, have your brakes inspected and serviced.

  6. Check Lights and Signals: With shorter daylight hours, properly functioning lights and signals are crucial for visibility. Check all exterior lights, including headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals.

  7. Antifreeze/Coolant Check: Ensure your vehicle's cooling system is prepared for colder temperatures by checking the level and concentration of antifreeze/coolant. This will prevent freezing and potential engine damage.

  8. Check Oil and Filters: Fall is a good time to have your oil and oil filter changed. Fresh oil helps your engine run smoothly during colder weather.

  9. Inspect Belts and Hoses: Cold weather can cause belts and hoses to become brittle and more prone to cracking. Inspect them for signs of wear and replace any that show signs of damage.

  10. Prepare an Emergency Kit: As fall weather can be unpredictable, having an emergency kit with essentials like blankets, water, non-perishable snacks, a flashlight, and basic tools can be a lifesaver if you encounter unexpected situations.

Bonus Tip: Check 4WD/AWD Systems (If Applicable): If you have a 4WD or AWD vehicle, make sure the system is functioning correctly. This is especially important if you expect to encounter slippery or icy conditions.

By addressing these fall-specific considerations, you'll help ensure that your vehicle is ready to handle the challenges of the season, providing you with a safer and more comfortable driving experience.

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