Tips to help you prepare your vehicle for fall weather.
Fall is here. The days are getting shorter, the leaves are starting to change color, and the temperatures have noticeably dropped. For car owners, cooler weather and slippery roads bring new driving challenges. Fall is a great time to get your vehicle ready for the cooler months ahead so you can stay safe and keep your car in good condition.
Check your tires. The combination of rain, leaves on the road, and cool weather conditions make the roads a much more slippery place. Check that you have plenty of tread left on your tires and that there is no uneven wearing. Tires keep you on the roads; so it’s well worth spending some time ensuring you have plenty of wear on your tires to keep you going throughout winter.
Check the battery. Batteries tend to fail in cold weather. Avoid finding yourself stranded in the dark after work by testing the battery now. Since the average life of a car battery is around 3 to 5 years, it’s a good idea to replace it if you have had the same battery for many years now.
Check the fluids. At all times of the year, your car’s fluid levels should be sufficient. It becomes particularly important in winter when you might find you need these liquids the most. Inspect the windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, anti-freeze, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for or how to check, take your car into your local shop.
Prepare for cold weather. Getting stranded on the side of the road is not fun, especially when the weather turns cooler. Be prepared if this situation does, unfortunately, occur. Stock your vehicle with gloves, an ice scraper, blankets, a first aid kit, jumper cables, and a flashlight.
Safe habits and a well-maintained vehicle, along with quality auto insurance, can help you to stay safe when behind the wheel. For the right car insurance for your needs, contact the experts at Bell Black Insurance. We serve all insurance needs for those in Idaho Falls, Island Park, Driggs, Victor, Swan Valley, Ashton, and the neighboring communities in Idaho, as well as Jackson and Star Valley in Wyoming.