Cooler air, changing colors of the leaves, yes, fall has officially arrived. People all around the state are preparing their homes for the changing of the season. While getting ready for the season in your home is important, autumn is also a good time for seasonal maintenance on your car. At Steve Landers Collision & Glass, we want to make sure that you are as safe as possible when on the road. By maintaining your car, you will be ready when the cold weather hits. The Steve Landers Collision & Glass team has done the research, and we have some excellent tips for vehicle’s seasonal maintenance this fall!
Change Wiper Blades:
The Fall season is a great time to change wiper blades. Wiper blades are frequently used in fall and winter due to snow, ice, and slush. This can take a toll on wiper blades. A new set of wipers increases visibility and makes your drive and the drives of others on the road safer. Best of all, wiper blades are easy to find, relatively inexpensive, and quick to install.
Check Battery Terminals:
Your car’s battery health is vital, without it, your car will not start up and move. Most people have had the issue of a cold battery before. While older batteries can lose their charge due to cold weather, often issues come from a problem with the terminals. Check your battery to see if there is dirt or corrosion on and around the terminal. If your battery needs cleaning, disconnect the battery and brush the terminals. Once the terminals are clean, reconnect the battery. A clean battery can mean less trouble when the weather gets cold.
The cooler weather can be hard on your tires. Cooler weather often lowers the air pressure in tires, while dirt and slush can wear them down. Checking your tires, especially when the temperature changes dramatically, can keep you out of trouble when the weather gets worse. Check your tire pressure and tire thread depth to see if you need to inflate or completely replace your tires. The condition of your tires dramatically affects fuel efficiency, but more importantly, it plays are huge part in your safety while on the road.
Seasonal maintenance is very important not just to your comfort while on the road, but to your safety. Performing these simple checks and changes (if necessary) improves the safety of your vehicle while you are driving. Properly maintained tires make for better traction and stopping on the road. While fresh wiper blades make for better driving visibility. Let’s not even think about what can happen if you find yourself or someone you love stranded on the side of the road. This is why preventative measures such as seasonal maintenance on your vehicle is so very important. It can literally be the factor that helps avoid an auto accident.
If you have been in an accident and your vehicle needs repairs, talk to us! At Steve Landers Collision & Glass, our team is proud to serve as the area’s premier auto body shop. Let us help you get back on the road. With factory-trained professionals, we will work with you and your insurance to have your car back to manufacturer specifications in no time. Stop by our shop or call us at (501) 703-0276.