While fall is the perfect time to get out for a scenic drive, the cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors mean another winter is quickly approaching. As driving conditions become increasingly unpredictable, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is in good working order, so make sure you follow these five simple steps to get your car ready for fall.
1. Check Belts and Hoses
Worn belts and hoses are common problems that can lead to more serious hazards if left unchecked. Before conditions get ugly, have an experienced technician replace any worn or damaged belts or hoses.
2. Monitor Antifreeze
Especially as the weather gets colder, antifreeze is crucial to optimal vehicle performance. Make sure your antifreeze is at the proper level to make sure car continues running no matter the conditions.
3. Examine Tire Pressure
Colder weather can cause air in your tires to contract, resulting in low tire pressure. Driving with improper tire pressure is dangerous, as it leads to worse handling, or tire damage in extreme cases.
4. Replace Wipers
Damaged or worn wipers should be replaced before it’s too late. This affordable step will save you from serious trouble when conditions get wet or icy.
5. Stock Up
In addition to routine maintenance, make sure you’re prepared for unpredictable conditions by keeping some common emergency items in your car, including extra gloves, an ice scraper, and a blanket.
Don’t let changing weather slow you down. Instead, follow these steps for getting your car ready for fall and drive with confidence. And stop by Gossett Audi today to find the perfect car for those scenic fall drives!