October is Fall Car Care Month, and with the winter looming right around the corner, it’s important to get your car ready for the possibility of inclement weather. In Pine Grove, the weather can get downright nasty during this time, so it’s even more important to ensure the drivability and integrity of your vehicle. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for the fall.
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Check Your Antifreeze Level
In the summer, some motorists prefer to keep their car cooled with water, but in the fall, this isn’t an option. When temperatures plummet, the water freezes and can potentially damage the internal components of the vehicle.
Because of this, it’s important to flush your coolant and replace it with antifreeze. Not only does antifreeze keep your car running in the fall, but it also helps regulate engine temperature and prevent corrosion within the engine. It’s easy to check the level of antifreeze in your vehicle, but if you don’t feel confident, you can always take it the shop.
Pack An Emergency Kit
If you’ve ever been stranded on the road due to a blizzard or other severe weather, you know how frustrating it is. However, getting stuck on a road in harsh weather also poses a dangerous health hazard, especially if fall temperatures are below normal or freezing, as they often get in the Pine Grove area. To alleviate the risk of harm, pack an emergency kit that keeps you warm, as well as alerting tow trucks, authorities, and other motorists to your location. At a minimum, this kit should contain bottled water, non-perishable food items, a first aid kit, blankets, and a tire repair kit. Although it seems a bit excessive, it’s the only way to ensure you make it home safe if you get stuck in a rural area.
Inspect Your Wiper Blades
Precipitation in Pine Grove averages about 3 to 4 inches throughout the fall. Although this may not seem like a ton of rain, you want to make certain that your wiper blades are in proper working order. Without them, visibility drops extensively, leaving your safety at risk. Therefore, it’s important to check your wiper blades. If you notice streaking, smearing, or a tear in the rubber, replace them immediately. It’s a simple fix that will keep you safe even in a torrential downpour.
Keep An Eye On Your Tires
Cold temeratures influence how your tires perform in the winter. When temperatures drop, your tires can deflate faster than they normally would. Because of this, it’s important to check your tires weekly, or at least monthly, so they’re at the correct inflation level. You may also want to consider switching to winter tires, which provide excellent handling in adverse conditions.
This fall, don’t leave your car’s performance and your safety to chance. Instead, follow these easy tips, and your car will handle better, run more efficiently, and stay reliable throughout the season whether you’re in town or cruising down Interstate 81.