Car Maintenance Tips for Fall

October 30th, 2020 by

With October being Fall Car Care Month, now is a great time to start preparing your car for the cooler seasons ahead. Continue reading for three ways to prep your car so you can travel comfortably and safely in the days to come.

Fall Car Maintenance Tips
Check the lighting
Fall brings foggy mornings and shorter days. This means your morning or evening commutes may be darker than you’re used to. It could also mean that you may be traveling through thick fog and should plan accordingly.

Dim or dying lights will not only limit your visibility of the road ahead, but they will also make it difficult for other drivers to see you. Test your headlights, turn signals, brake lights, and fog lights to ensure your presence is made known on the road.

Check the HVAC system
Don’t risk shivering through your commute to work when the first cold front arrives. If you haven’t had to use the heat in some time, be sure to run it for about five to ten minutes to ensure all of the components of your HVAC system are working properly. This simple step could make the difference between enjoying a crisp, fall morning from the warmth of your car, or dreading a cold ride to work.

Properly inflate and rotate the tires
Frost and even a few icy patches will soon become a reality in the early mornings. Your car’s ability to safely navigate the roads in slick or icy conditions largely depends on the health of your tires.

Take a close look at each of your tires. Is there enough tread on each tire to ensure the tires can maintain traction if ice appears? Are there any visible damages that must be repaired? Are the tires properly inflated?

Proper inflation is vital to monitor in cooler weather because the air within the tires actually compresses, therefore slightly deflating the tires. This phenomenon will continue as the temperatures continue to drop. Do a quick visual inspection before hopping in your car each day, and be sure to keep a tire pressure gauge on hand to double check.

Schedule Your Appointment in Gorham, NH
Don’t put the safety of your car or your family at risk by waiting to schedule your next car service. Schedule service today to take care of all your car maintenance needs at Berlin City. Don’t forget to check back from time to time to view our available service specials. Give us a call today to learn more.

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