Prepare your Vehicle for the Turning of the Season
Is your vehicle prepared for the cool weather to come?
With each season change, it’s important to go over a checklist to ensure your vehicle is in good shape for the upcoming months. This is most important during the transition from autumn to winter, when the weather changes are the most extreme. There are a number of things that should be carefully checked on your vehicle to ensure it functions properly heading into winter.
Heat, Wipers and Lights
- Check your wiper blades to make sure they’re not cracked, torn or leave streaks across your windshield. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every 6 months. For visibility safety, carry at least one full jug of anti-freeze windshield wiper solvent in the trunk – it goes more quickly than many motorists anticipate in fall and winter.
- Check all interior and exterior lighting is working properly. Days are gradually turning into longer night-time environments, be sure you’re easily seen on the roadways.
- Check heaters and defrosters to ensure they’re in good working condition.
Brakes and Tires
- Have your brakes inspected for free by a Brakes Plus® technician to be sure both pads and rotors have enough thickness to get you through the season.
- Check your tire pressure often. Cold weather contracts the air in your tires, lowering the tire pressure, which makes for dangerous driving on slick roads.
Electrical, Cooling, Gas and Exhaust
- Make sure your car’s battery and cables are securely attached and free of corrosion. Car batteries should be inspected at least every two years.
- Check your antifreeze. The ideal mixture of coolant and water inside your vehicle’s radiator is a 50/50 ratio. If your coolant ratio isn’t at the recommended 50/50 mixture, it can cause the coolant to freeze or vehicle performance problems.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full throughout the cold weather to prevent condensation build-up in gas lines and possibly freezing.
- Inspect your vehicle’s exhaust system for leaks, damage, or if there are any unusual noises.
Create a Emergency Kit
- Hidden in your vehicle’s trunk have: jumper cables, a flashlight, blankets, extra clothes, bottled water, nonperishable food and a first aid kit. Be prepared for the cold weather to come, you never know when a breakdown could happen.
Brakes Plus® offers various free inspection services to make sure your vehicle is ready for the fall and winter season ahead. Call or schedule your appointment online today and be sure to check out our online coupons for ultimate Brakes Plus® savings.