How do I Prepare My Car for Fall?

It's officially the fall season, which means we can expect chillier weather, rain, and falling leaves to approach in the near future. With the changing seasons, it's important to keep an eye on our vehicles and take care of any maintenance needed to ensure that our vehicles are safe for the weather changes. With wetter roads and colder temperatures, it's important to take care of the following services that are paramount when it comes to vehicle safety: 

Check Your Tires

Having tires with good traction is vital for this time of the year. With rainfall comes wet roads, and tires need to have proper tread in order to push through liquid and make traction with the road. If your tires are looking bald, make sure you get a new set before the rain falls. Also, ensure that all tires are filled up to the proper PSI. 

Replace Windshield Wipers & Fluid

You never know when you'll have to deal with falling rain, and finding that your wipers don't work during a rainstorm can be extremely dangerous. Windshield wipers tend to try out over the summer, which is why you may have trouble with them during the first rainfall. Wipers that are skipping, squealing, or spreading around rain can hinder your vision and put you at risk for an accident. 

Test Your Heater/Defroster

Driving in chilly weather can be unbearable, so testing your heater and defroster will keep you comfortable throughout fall and into winter. A bad heater can also mean trouble for your engine, so getting any heating or defrosting issues taken care of will save you both time and money. 

Get a Car Wash

Summer leaves our vehicles looking dusty and dirty, and dirty windows can make it hard to see during the darker months. Make sure to have your vehicle washed before getting on the road and keep it clean throughout the season. 

Have Your Brakes Tested

Driving in wet conditions requires the best working brakes, so having your brake system tested at the beginning of the season will help you stay safe on the road. 

These are just some of the most important maintenance items to take care of now that it is the fall season. If your vehicle is due for its yearly fall maintenance check, we invite you into Haglin Automotive for an inspection today! 

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